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Super League Grand Final trip for Saints' Fan of Pride
11:32am Saturday 5th October 2013 in News
SAINTS’ colours run through the blood of dedicated club volunteer Mark Hurst who has been voted as Brut’s ‘Fan of Pride’ at Langtree Park.
The 32-year-old from New Bold has been a fan since he started playing rugby at the age of 11 as a hooker with Blackbrook ARLFC.
Self-employed mobile motor mechanic Mark began volunteering at Knowsley Road about six years ago when he stopped playing and his sterling service since them has earned him the Fan of Pride title.
The title carries with it the prize of a day out at this weekend’s Super League Grand Final.
Mark was nominated for the award by his wife Debbie, who is a teaching assistant at Thatto Heath Primary School. The couple have two daughters – Amy, aged eight, and Mia, four.
He told the Star: “It’s a pleasure to receive the award.
“I work at Langtree Park with Tommy Martyn on match days and it’s a manic job ensuring the beer keeps flowing but it is one I really enjoy.”
Mark also coaches youngsters at the club and spends three or four days a week making sure the Saints’ experience is a memorable one for fans and everyone connected with the club.
“I started working at St Helens on match days a couple of years ago.
“It’s fantastic to see the club behind the scenes and meet some of the players.
“But I applied for the volunteer programme for the Rugby League World Cup, ‘Team 13’, and I’m one of the lucky ones who will be a Team Leader and VIP Assistant for the tournament,” said Mark.
Alex Walmsley, recently crowned Young Player of the Year at St Helens, met Mark at Langtree Park to congratulate him on the award.
Alex said: “First and foremost, the fans are the club.
“Without the fans coming week in, week out, we wouldn’t be a club.
“Those who get involved and do that little bit extra keep us going.
“It’s a fantastic community – we have a chance to meet the fans at forums when they can ask their questions, and they make the team feel at home.”
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