STEVE Cantle, who runs both Fleet Colts and the new Fleet Town Girls football clubs, has won the award for Hart's top Volunteer of the Year.
For family man Steve it was a total surprise. He told the Star: "You don't expect to win prizes for this sort of thing. The pleasure I get from it is from seeing the enjoyment that the kids get from football and when parents tell me how it has increased their confidence."
In about a year Steve's creation has increased to the point where more than 100 youngsters attend the Saturday morning sessions. He now runs a number of teams ranging from under-sixes to 14-year-old girls.
His proposer, Mrs Melissa Nimmo, commented: "Steve is a very humble man who always stays on the periphery of the events he organises and always accepts praise with a certain sense of embarrassment." Runner- up was Barbara Martin, secretary of the Fleet Pond Society.
Awards were presented by Hart's Chairman, Coun. Jonathan Glen, at an evening at Hartley Wintney to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Hart Voluntary Action and Volunteer Bureau. He launched it by releasing 500 balloons, each of them bearing the name of a district volunteer and paid for by sponsor Zurich Municipal Insurance. The winner of a photographic competition was Sue Bean with runners-up Colin Gray, Wendy Brown and Philip Rose.
AWARD winner Steve Cantle is pictured (above) with girls from the Fleet Town Girls Football Club at a recent tournament. The girls finished their first season on a high - picking up their first tournament silverware.
The girls' club has now opened up its registration for new players for next season when it will be running league teams at under 14s, under 12s, under 11s and under 10s levels. A new under eight squad is also being formed.
All of the squads receive professional coaching and beginners are made welcome in the club.
Training for all age groups begins this month and parents can register their girls now by ringing Steve Cantle on 01252 622789.