WHAKATANE football coach Carwyn Evans has been recognised for his volunteer efforts.
Evans, who coaches two junior Whakatane Town teams and a representative side, was one of 10 football volunteers throughout the Waikato and Bay of Plenty recognised during Volunteer Week last month. In conjunction with New Zealand Football and Volunteering New Zealand, Waikato Bay of Plenty Football sought nominations of volunteers and Evans was chosen as a winner. The winners were given MTA gift vouchers.
Evans said it was nice to be recognised, but these kind of things were not why volunteers did it.
Waikato Bay of Plenty Football chief executive Mark Christie said they received more nominations than expected, which was a fantastic result on several levels.
“It shows that volunteers in football have been noticed and are well valued by the groups they serve. All sports are in a changing environment.
“A lot of people are changing their thinking around volunteers and I think that is recognising their contribution.
Sometimes it is just a quick thank you and volunteer week was a trigger for us to do that.”