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.