Sport, as in most walks of life, has people who are prepared to go “beyond the call of duty”. This is out of a great sense of devotion and a love for whom or what they are doing it for. These folks often perform functions that are often costly, not only in financial terms, but also time spent.
Some of these people are often highlighted in events like “Children in Need” or the recent “Comic Relief” initiative. The “Sports Personality of the Year” awards evening has, in recent years introduced an “Unsung Hero” category. The winner of this award fits the description already described, often spending cold, wet winter nights coaching youngsters, just for the love of it.
We have our fair share of unsung heroes here at Hampton & Richmond Borough FC, without whom the club would not be where it is today. Hours of devoted serve is carried out throughout the year. Two such heroes, Paul Robinson and Richard Brenton, received the “Vanarama Nation League South” volunteer of the month award for January. They, like previous winners from our club - Les and Lesley Rance, accepted the award on behalf of all those who freely give their time.
It is often said that people who go beyond the call of duty are going the “extra mile”. Two of our “Ton Army” will hopefully have completed twenty-nine “extra miles”, by the time you read this, on-route to Dartford (I am writing this early, as I’m on holiday). Chris Hurst and Alec Barry hopefully set out at 3am, last Saturday with the aim of reaching Dartford well before kick-off.
To make their efforts worthwhile they asked supporters to sponsor them in aid of the playing budget. I hope you have all done so, and the lads have raised a good sum.
Like many of our common phrases and sayings, including, going the extra mile, originates from the Bible. In Matthew chapter 5 -verse 41, during His sermon on the mount, Jesus said these words – “If someone asks you to go one mile, go with him two miles”.
Hampton Methodist Church in Percy Road, have set up a charity called “The Extra Mile” The charity collects good quality clothes and toys, as well as other needed items, for the under 5’s. Those in need of such items are referred to the charity by various organisations such as, social service and the NSPCC.
If you would like any further information about this charity or wish to contribute in anyway, please email - firstname.lastname@example.org