By Robert Cox, January 15th, 2021
Leinster Hockey have this week announced that Fionnuala OMalley from the North Kildare Hockey Club will receive the December 2020 Volunteer of the Month Award.
A member of North Kildare HC for many years, Fionnuala is the driving force behind the youth section of the club and for over a decade has given up her weekends to organise coaches and activites for the growing junior section (now numbering over 200) from tiny tots to Under 16s. Not content with that, Fionnuala also organises safety seminars, Covid 19 planning, coach development workshops, blitz events, fundraising and is a dab hand at baking cakes and teas as well!
Liz Hassett (North Kildare Secretary) added “our club would be lost without her organisation and dedication and Fionnuala’s contributions to the success of the club are immeasurable” while Junior Coach Daniel McSweeney that he had never known anyone to “work so hard and selflessly for a club”.
Leinster Hockey Chair, Trevor Watkins, congratulated Fionnuala on her award and thanked her for her work both within North Kildare HC and the Kildare region.
The nominations received by the Committee recognise volunteers in all areas of our sport – coaches, umpires, administrators, Children’s Officers, Covid Officers, committee members, fundraisers, social media secretaries – all of whom play a hugely important function within their clubs. Development Director, Fiona Walshe, thanked everyone for their submissions and in particular thanked all volunteers for “their tireless work” adding that “our success as a sport is attributed to their willingness and passion to see hockey grow and reach as many people as possible”.