A longtime member of the Oswestry Sports Forum committee is retiring after nearly half a century.
Doreen Leggatt, who was involved with the Oswestry & District Sports Council, as it was called in 1976, retired after 45 years of serving local sports.
During this time Doreen served as Secretary for a long time, but since 2012 she has represented Oswestry Otters on the Policy Committee.
A forum spokesperson called his knowledge of the city’s sport invaluable.
They said, “Doreen has helped guide the strategy of the Oswestry Sports Forum, helped plan awards nights, forum nights, fundraising events and has shown great interest in grant applications. local clubs and individuals.
“Doreen has also always been keen to promote Oswestry otters as their representative.
“Doreen’s knowledge of the sport at Oswestry for so many years has been invaluable and fascinating! I will miss her terribly. ”
His departure came at a time of more change at the club, with other committee members stepping down from their roles.
Rob Walker of Crossfit Oswestry, who served on the committee since 2014 and chaired the Oswestry Sports Forum from 2017 to 2019, has resigned.
Ben Morris, Oswestry Boy & Girls Club, and Mark Jones, Croesoswallt Archers, also resigned, having served on the grants committee since 2018.
New committee members joined to fill their shoes including; Bob Batts, of Croesoswallt Archers; Andy Lee, of Oswestry Otters; Ian Richardson, from Shropshire Paddlesport; and Stuart Dix of Knockin & Kinnerley Cricket Club.
Forum Chairman Stu Manford is delighted to welcome the new committee members on board.
He said: “The pandemic restrictions have been devastating for local grassroots sport and most committees have been upset.
“We hope to do everything we can to help the local clubs get back on their feet. One of the ways we can help is our grants program where we can award up to £ 500 to local clubs. ”
The deadline for submitting applications for the next round of grants is Monday, June 7.
Full details are available on the Oswestry Sports Forum website at www.oswestrysportsforum.org.uk