We’ll salute every member of the intrepid helpers’ army

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On Thursday I’m hosting The News Sports Awards at Fratton Park.

It’s a celebration of the sporting great and good in our community, a night to reach out and show our appreciation for those who’ve dug deep, performed and entertained.

More importantly it’s a night to say thank you to the legions of altruistic coaches, mentors, fundraisers, club secretaries, kit washers, referees, linesmen/women, groundsmen, minibus drivers and bread butterers.

As sportspeople, we all charge around getting muddy and enjoying ourselves – then toddle off home.

If you’re a serving member in this army of intrepid helpers, on Thursday night we’ll be saluting you all.