On the 10th October 2015 before the Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford there was an awards ceremony for RFL SERVICES TO COMMUNITY RUGBY LEAGUE.

It is awarded to a number of people each year who have undertaken a specific service for the sport of RUGBY LEAGUE over a number of years.

One of this years recipients was the adopted son of Hunslet and Ex Hunslet Parksider forward KEN SYKES.

The write up in the programme says :- ” Ken has been involved in the Heworth Club for many, many years. He has carried out a number of roles; from player in the augural National Conference League Season in 1986/7, which Heworth won, to becoming a coach, right through to officiating as a touch judge on match days. He is now the Club Secretary and PRO. Ken is a keen champion of the Yorkshire Men’s league and has been very supportive of the competition. His commitment and enthusiasm in the early days of the league and his wide experience invaluable as the league grew rapidly. The Heworth club has some fantastic facilities and Ken is always very obliging in making the facilities available for Rugby League events, whether this be finals or the York 9s. Ken is an extremely busy man and sometimes his timekeeping can be a little out, which has earned him the nickname within the club of ‘ The Late Ken Sykes’. Thanks Ken for been a driving force for Rugby League in Yorkshire”.

Ken receiving his award from Andy Lynch and Danny Orr.

Well done Ken a well deserved award. Just one thing, did you get there on time.