THE founder and former chairman of Dursley Ladies Hockey Club has been recognised for 37 years of service with a Lifetime Achievement award from England Hockey.

Ralph Darby, who formed the club back in 1986, had also been the chairman until earlier this year when he stepped down to take up the role of Club President. 

Three members of the club nominated Dalby for his service, which Hockey England said was "truly inspirational". 

One club member said: "His massive effort all those years ago has brought the pleasure of hockey to lots of people who would not normally have experienced it. His health is failing now and it would be lovely to reward his unselfish acts over the years with an award."

Another added: "Would love him to be recognised for contributing many years to the club and committee."

The third said: "A founder and President of one team club.  Still working timelessly for our little club after 37 years a remarkable achievement and a quite remarkable man."

The Club first played on grass at Norman Hill field but when grass pitches became unfavourable, it was moved to Berkeley Vale School. 

This pitch later became unfit for hockey so the club played at various venues until moving to Stroud. 

When a new all-weather pitch was built at K.L.B. School Wotton under Edge, the club moved there where it now plays its home matches. 

Darby still hopes that a suitable pitch can be built in Dursley or Cam so that the club can have its own Home Pitch.