A man who has been involved with Golcar United for over 50 years attended a special reception at No10 Downing Street.

Club chairman Peter Gledhill was invited to the heart of the Government along with around 100 other community sporting volunteers from around the country.

The Community Sport Champions event on Tuesday evening was hosted by Lucy Frazer, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and was aimed at promoting grassroots sport and thanking those hard-working volunteers who make it possible.

Peter joined Golcar United in 1967 and played for the club from the age of 13 through to 43, playing well over 600 games. He has been a committee member since 1974 and has undertaken many roles including secretary, treasurer, groundman and chairman.

He became a founding trustee of the charity, Golcar United Community Playing Fields, in 2018 alongside fellow trustees and long-serving club stalwarts Ian Whitehead (president – approaching 60 years); Andy Naylor (development manager – over 30 years); and Ben Senior (secretary – over 20 years).

Ben Senior, Peter Gledhill, Ian Whitehead and Andy Naylor – the trustees at Golcar United

Peter, who was nominated by Colne Valley Tory MP Jason McCartney, said: “It was a privilege to be invited and be recognised in this way.

“Golcar is very much a community club and that’s at the heart of everything we do. It’s great for the profile of Golcar United to be represented at such an event.”

Peter, a chartered accountant, has ambitious plans to develop the Skye Direct Stadium. The club is currently working on plans to extend the clubhouse to improve facilities and boost revenues.

Peter met up with Mr McCartney at Downing Street and the MP promised to support the club with its development plans.

“Jason is a season ticket holder and has a sponsor’s board and it’s great to have his support,” said Peter. “He wants to help us with whatever we are doing and we will certainly take him up on that.”

Images by: Huddersfield Hub photographer SEAN DOYLE