- Heath recognised by local council
- Former Derbyshire president also helps at cricket club
Photo: RFU Archive
Ashbourne club stalwart Sam Heath has been awarded a Derbyshire Dales District Council Unsung Heroes Award for outstanding volunteer service to sport over many years.
Heath, who has been involved with Ashbourne RFC and Muggington Cricket Club, has been involved in local sport in Derbyshire for more than 30 years.
He started playing rugby and cricket while he was at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Ashbourne and has served the rugby club as captain, chairman and now president. He was also president of Derbyshire three years ago.
An injury brought Heath’s playing career to a premature end but he has still continued to devote his free time to both of his beloved sports clubs, cooking hot dogs and burgers at the rugby club’s stall at Ashbourne’s Christmas late-night shopping and helping get Muggington’s cricket square ready for next season.
Heath was unable to attend the council’s awards ceremony at Matlock Town Football Club so the award was collected on his behalf.
Heath, who was one of four recipients of the award, was then presented with his award, a beautifully engraved glass trophy donated by Derwent Glass and a certificate, at Ashbourne’s headquarters by club chairman Martin Fryer.