2nd June 2017, 14:18 | Community
Thatto Heath Crusaders are the recipients of the Queens Award for Voluntary Service 2017.
The award bestowed upon the club by her majesty the Queen recognises the efforts of all volunteers across the club, both on and off the field.
Club Chairman Mike Denning said: "We are so very proud of all of the hard work our volunteers do - which is unpaid and often unrecognised.
"A Club is unfairly judged only by its success on the field but we all have to be much more than a successful sports club.
"We recognise that, in good and bad times, we have an influence on our local communities and take our roles very seriously.
"Our volunteers are the best in the UK at what they do and this award is a testimony to every person who is volunteering at the club or has contributed in any way in the past."
Denning added: "We would like to put on record and thank our local Councillors McCauley and Charlton for their input and Mel Mulcahy formerly of Helena Partnerships who assisted in our nomination.
"To the Rugby Football League for their kind words of support and to the Deputy Lieutenants of Merseyside Alan Chick and David Steer QC for their direction.
"Anybody can play Rugby but it takes a class team to be recognised by your country for its endeavours. We thank and praise all who give their time and energy selflessly."