Volunteer duo recognised

Life members: Shane and Faye Golding were recognised for their dedication to the Collie Eagles Football Club. Photo: Supplied.

Life members: Shane and Faye Golding were recognised for their dedication to the Collie Eagles Football Club. Photo: Supplied.

From committee members to driving buses and making game day sandwiches Shane and Faye Golding have helped out in almost every aspect of the Collie Eagles Football Club, donating their time and effort for over 30 years.

We do what we do because we can

Faye Golding

For their years of hard work and dedication to the club, they were thanked with the honour of life membership last month at the club's awards presentation evening.

The husband and wife duo's relationship with the Collie Eagles began before the club was formed when Collie was home to both the Saints and Rovers - Shane was a former junior player and coach and they were then doting parents of two junior players.

Mrs Golding said their progression into the club was a natural one, saying it was more of a family at this point than anything else.

"We were heavily involved back when our sons played in the Mines Rovers team and when the town had a major meeting to vote to amalgamate Shane and I just continued on," she said.

"Shane was on the inaugural committee and we just felt like it was a place we wanted to be, we love our local football and we love the club."

Mrs Golding said she and her husband have been involved in many positions and today were known as the unofficial photographer and club liaison.

"Back in the old days everyone was involved from helping wash the kids jumpers, junior time keeping and goal scoring, driving the bus to away games and each year Shane would alternate coaching or assistant coaching our sons teams," she said.

"It was never a chore or a burden, it was just something we wanted to do.

"We miss football season when it's not on and there's there at the club who we've known since they were kids and now they have kids of their own, you make awesome friendships and they become like your family."

While both Shane and Faye knew the other was being honoured at the club's presentation night neither knew the others secret and were gobsmacked by the announcement.

"it was overwhelming and we're both very humbled and proud to be life members of a club we love," Mrs Golding said.

"The main thing for both of us is we do the work not to be rewarded for it, we do it because we love it and wish a lot more people would join us.

"We do what we do because we can and I encourage anyone whether it be ex-players or just supporters, to come down and join us."