The 2017 Calmore Sports Clubman of the Year award could not have possibly been given to a more deserving person in Darren Vann.

Darren, who joined the club in 2010 after successful spells with Cadnam and Alton, has transformed the club since his arrival and has been the leading light in the introduction of the ECB’s AllStars programme, the renaming of all the youth teams as ‘Calmore Cougars’ as well the commencement of a Ladies XI in the last twelve months.

Former 1st XI captain Darren has been instrumental in many aspects of the club – not least gaining the funding for the improved net facilities at Loperwood Park and the impressive covers and is never shy of putting his hand up to offer assistance and help wherever he can – be it doing the bar, coaching, organising or drumming up support.

Such has been his dedication to the club in 2017 that he played for the 2nd XI, 3rd XI and 4th XI having recovered from a serious knee injury which threatened to curtail his playing career.  Add in that he is also the club Welfare Officer, this award has been truly well earned.

Chairman Pete Lavelle paid tribute to Darren as he awarded him the prestigious Clubman of the Year award.  “The hard work that Darren has put in, not just this year, but since he arrived in 2010, has been incredible.

“The club is a considerably better place since Darren arrived.  The time and effort that he dedicates to the Calmore cause is nothing short of staggering but he always finds time to do the work that needs doing to ensure that the club is the best it can be.

“Choosing Darren as the 2017 Clubman of the Year was one of the easiest tasks and it is very well deserved.”