A FOOTBALL club chairman was given the ‘lifetime achievement’ prize at a celebration of a borough’s sporting activity.

Rishton United’s Chic Kelly was given his award in front of an audience of more than 250 people, including local marathon legend Ron Hill, at the Hyndburn Sports Awards in Accrington Town Hall.

Special guests and speakers were Craig Heap, Commonwealth gold medal winning gymnast and Stacey Copeland, international footballer and boxer.

Coach of the Year was Elle Kayley; the Inspire Award went Lynne Coogan; Primary School of The Year was Baxenden St John’s; Secondary School of The Year was Accrington Academy; while the Changing Lifestyle Award went to Barbara Peters.

The Community Club of The Year was Accrington Wildcats RLFC.

The Community Project of the Year was Ossy Joggers; the award for Service to Under-Represented Groups went to Jason’s Wheels; Volunteer of the Year was Gareth Cross; and Young Achiever of the Year was Ethan Naisbitt.