Andy Richardson is made honorary life member at Cambridge City Hockey Club
Andy Richardson has been made an honorary life member at Cambridge City Hockey Club.
The former chairman was recognised at the club’s AGM in light of his work at the club.
Having led by example on and off the pitch, including dropping down to the fifth team in order to help nurture young players while still being capable of representing the first team, Richardson, pictured above, has become just the fifth honorary life member in the club’s near 100-year history.
Simon Webb and Sharon Chahal have become vice-presidents of City.
Webb has served on the committee, coaching or assistant coaching every senior team as well as the under-16 and under-18 girls, umpiring from club to national level and playing for each senior team.
Chahal has been a reliable manager and administrator in the youth section to provide confidence and support to other admins and volunteers.
At the AGM, the club decided to introduce a tiered membership and match-fee structure in order to allow more people to play social hockey, and they have also announced plans to introduce under-six, under-eight and under-10 hockey into the youth section.
City have seen three former players called up into home nations squads for the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.
Tess Howard will represent England and Eloise Laity and Rebecca Daniel have been selected by Wales.
Howard was in action for England at the weekend, and hit the target twice.
In the first match against Belgium in the FIH Hockey Pro League, the visitors took the lead, but Howard drew things level in the 42nd minute.
Grace Balsdon then scored as England secured a 2-1 win.
However, their campaign came to a close with a 4-1 defeat to the same opponents on Sunday.
Belgium had surged into a 3-0 lead by half time. Howard pulled a goal back in the 41st minute, but Belgium added a fourth in the 55th minute.
Meanwhile, former Cambridge Nomads player Gareth Furlong has been called up to the Wales Commonwealth Games squad.