Special awards have been presented to two long serving members of AFC Portchester.
Former youth chairman Phil Jeynes and former child protection officer Brad Tuppen have both been made Vice Presidents in recognition of their long and valuable service to the club.
The awards were made by chairman Paul Kelly in the boardroom at the Crest Finance Stadium before last Saturday’s home game against Brockenhurst.
Both men started their long associations with the club by helping to coach the youth sides their sons had joined.
During last weekend’s presentation, Paul Kelly said: “We would like to recognise two very important members of our club - Phil Jeynes and Brad Tuppen - and award them both as Vice Presidents for their services to the club.
“Phil (pictured above with Paul Kelly) set out on his journey assisting Mike Jupp when his boys joined AFC Portchester.
“He went on to become youth chairman around eight years ago and plays a massive part in our successful annual youth tournament, taking over from myself, Pete Stiles and Steve Woods.
“He has shown a great passion for football within the youth section, taking it to a better structure from when he took over.
“Brad (pictured left with Paul Kelly) also joined the club running his lads’ team, taking them through to the under-18s. That’s real dedication and from personal experience I can say that is the worst age to run.
“Brad joined the youth committee as child protection officer - not an easy job to do although there were not too many issues to deal with in his time that I’m aware of.
“It is a very important role, especially when we see and hear so much in the media today about the welfare of youngsters.
“I would have to say Brad’s claim to fame within the club is having the privilege of coaching our most famous home grown footballer, Andy Rinomhota - who we all know was sold to Reading four years ago.
"This has given all our young footballers that challenge and belief that it can happen playing for a local club, you just have to be in the right place, right time and be dedicated as was Andy.”