WESLEY Howard has been working hard at the Noradjuha-Quantong Football Club since the merger between the two clubs 20 years ago.
The enthusiastic volunteer said he enjoyed lending a hand and was proud of the role he played with the club.
“I like what I am doing,” he said.
“I fill up the drink bottles every Tuesday and Thursday as well as on Saturday morning to make sure they are ready for the teams for training sessions and the games.”
Howard said he also worked on the gate on Saturdays and works with the Auskick children every Thursday night at training.
No matter what the task is, he said he was always happy to help out in any way.
“Whether it’s mowing the oval or cleaning up the joint, everyone has a part to play in helping the club and I love doing my bit,” he said.
Club president Tim Kelly said Howard had been a dedicated member of the club for many years and was always available to lend a hand.
“He is there for virtually every training and match-day along with helping out with pre-game groundskeeping work,” he said.
Howard said he has never missed a game – at home or away.
Kelly said Howard alway performed his role without a fuss.
“People don’t realise the hard work volunteers such as Wes put into our country football and netball clubs,” he said “They are the workers that keep our small clubs going.”
Howard said he enjoyed the friendships he has made through his volunteering with the club.
“I’ve met a lot of people through the club and they are good friends of mine,” he said.
Howard said he was proud of how the Noradjuha-Quantong teams were faring this season.
“The reserves have been doing alright and the under-17s are second on the ladder,” he said.
“The under 14s are going good and all the netballers have been going good as well.
“Our seniors are struggling a little bit, but we have a big game this week, so I hope we can turn it around and come out with a win.”
It is a big year for the club as it celebrates the anniversary of the successful merger between Noradjuha and Quantong.
The club will host special celebrations at its final home game of the Horsham District league’s season in round 16.
- Wesley Howard’s story continues a weekly series on the people behind our winter sport. To nominate a volunteer from your club, email firstname.lastname@example.org.