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Haworth volunteer sails away with honour for work with youngsters
A Haworth man has been rewarded for his efforts to get more young people involved in the world of sailing.
Andrew Goldsborough, who works at Doe Park Activity Centre in Denholme, was given the volunteer of the year award by the Royal Yachting Association’s Yorkshire branch.
The accolade is in recognition of his work towards the OnBoard programme, which is intended to give youngsters the chance to experience sailing, a sport that is often seen as elitist.
Mr Goldsborough’s award comes after staff received regular praise for him by users.
OnBoard development officer, Liz Wrigglesworth, visited the centre to present the awards.
Doe Park manager, Louise Clarke, nominated Mr Goldsbo-rough for the award. She said: “Andrew has a constant smile on his face, no matter what the weather is like.
“This year alone I have been asked by more than one of our customers to thank Andrew for helping them improve their sailing, or even just giving them the confidence to give it go.
“Andrew is also a regular volunteer at the Sailing Club’s Sunday morning sessions, and I think the popularity of these is down to Andrew and his friendly and welcoming attitude.”
Mr Goldsborough said: “I am thrilled to have received the award.
“Sailing is something I enjoy doing, and hopefully this award will raise awareness of the excellent facilities on offer at Doe Park Water Activities Centre.
“The centre has also received funding to improve facilities and equipment for people with disabilities, and we will be applying for RYA Sailablility status in the very near future.”