A sporting volunteer has been given an award for promoting netball in the region.
Wallsend’s Margaret Chambers, founder of Burnside Netball Club was presented with a Torch Trophy Trust accolade by Prince Michael of Kent.
She was nominated by England Netball and given her prize at the trust’s 53rd annual awards ceremony in London.
A trust spokesman said: “Margaret is the founder, manager and coach of Burnside Netball Club, which, at the time of its founding in 1967, was the only opportunity for girls to play the game in Wallsend.
“She encourages the growth of the sport through competition, often working up to three nights a week at club level and weekends at county level.
“She has contributed to every facet of netball in her county area and, after all these years, is still one of the most enthusiastic and passionate volunteers around.”
“Now, with five senior teams and two junior sides competing in various local leagues, the club not only plays netball but also organises social events, as well helping to fundraise for local charities.”
Margaret has also given 24 years’ service to the Tyne and Wear County Netball Association’s committee in various roles, including taking the role of umpiring secretary.
She has umpired at international and grass-roots level too.
Torch Trophy Trust chairman Paul Dimond added: “Margaret epitomises the spirit of the trust’s aims in recognising outstanding volunteers.
“Her tremendous work to support her sport at all levels is deserving of the highest possible praise.
“Every year, the Torch Trophy Trust Awards reveal outstanding people whose selfless commitment has made a major difference.
“Without doubt, Margaret is one of those people.”