Fylde Hockey Club’s Fran Loffler-Thompson has been honoured with an Unsung Hero award by England Hockey.
Loffler-Thompson has spent 40 years in the sport, starting with Preston schools’ hockey through to the present day with Fylde HC (formerly known as Springfields).
Currently she holds the role of ladies’ club captain, but also finds time to umpire and coach, delivering hockey in local primary schools.
Loffler-Thompson also holds the role of vice-chair of Lancashire Central Women’s Hockey League and is secretary of the Lancashire Hockey Association.
A spokesman for Fylde said: “Fran is the heartbeat of the club with the sole purpose of advancing and developing players and is influential in the club’s transition to the new home at Mill Farm Sports Village.”
Loffler-Thompson said: “Fylde Hockey Club continues to raise the bar and set the highest of standards for hockey within the region.
“In the 1990s we were the the forerunners in the move to playing hockey on artificial turf – now a mandatory league surface.
“We also initiated mini-hockey club leagues and junior development within our club.
“The 2000’s saw us became an established North League club for ladies.
“In the coming 2017/18 season we will be making an exciting step change, whilst continuing and improving our strong, stable leadership of the club.
“We will be at our new home, Mill Farm Sports Village, playing on an Olympic -standard pitch, with a 200-seat spectator stand and top quality clubhouse facilities.”