Abbeyleix’s Luttrell named September Volunteer of the Month

Abbeyleix Hockey Club’s Garry Luttrell has been named the inaugural Leinster Hockey Volunteer of the Month Award winner, an award which was launched in September.

He is a founding member of Abbeyleix Hockey Club.  Started in 2005 with a dozen young players, the club began life on a 7-a side astro pitch in Fr Breen Park in Abbeyleix.   

Garry Luttrell with Abbeyleix HC who won the Junior Girls Shield

Over the last 15 years, Garry has worked tirelessly to grow the club from its small roots to a vibrant, progressive club with over 100 boys and girls aged from 6 to 16 offering a pathway for players to join senior clubs in the region and beyond. 

Club Secretary Ann Talbot added that Garry’s “boundless energy and dedication, coupled with managerial skill and good humour have played a major role in bringing the club to where it is today – a vibrant and progressive environment”. 

Leinster chairman, Trevor Watkins congratulated Garry on his award adding that he was “delighted to see Garry being recognised for his work growing the game in Laois” and that he “looked forward to seeing the club continue to grow thanks to the foundations put in place by Garry”. 

LHA Development Director Fiona Walshe commended all the nominations received acknowledging that with “the continued growth of our sport, with numbers increasing year on year, it is clear that our clubs would not be so successful were it not for the enthusiasm, hard word, dedication and time given by volunteers”. 

The nominations received recognised volunteers in all areas of the sport – coaches, umpires, administrators, Children’s Officers, Covid Officers and committee members. 

Nominations for the October 2020 Volunteer of the Month will close on 02nd November.  Clubs can nominate via the link – CLICK HERE 

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