“It's a special time for Olney RFC as we celebrate our 140th season this year - and an exciting future lays ahead.”
Tom Salsbury, President of Olney RFC
In its 140th year, Olney rugby club has scooped the title of "Club of the Year" at the Bucks and MK sports awards on Friday night (1 December).
Going up against clubs from a wide range of sports from across the county, Olney RFC was recognised for its impact in bringing players back into the game, it's hugely successful junior section, and for the efforts of its hundreds of volunteers.
Club president Tom Salsbury said: "This award is a huge honour. Winning it is recognition of the hard work that our army of volunteers put into the rugby club. With over 450 junior players, three senior sides, a vets team, colts and ladies squads, and a bustling social scene, Olney is a thriving community club. It's a special time for Olney RFC as we celebrate our 140th season this year - and an exciting future lays ahead."
Picking up the award on Friday evening were Kath Middleditch, publicity officer, and committee member Geoff Janes, who at 66 years old is one of the oldest players still turning out for Olney RFC. The award was sponsored by Tim Harman and his family and presented at a glittering ceremony at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre. This year was the 12th year of the awards running, which pay tribute to the people and organisations that make grass-roots sports happen.
Pictured are award sponsor Tim Harman and club representatives Kath Middleditch and Geoff Janes
Updated 10:46 - 6 Dec 2017 by Kath Middleditch