FRIENDS and family of players at a fast-growing football club packed out a civic hall for an end of season awards.

Didcot Casuals FC paid tribute to their long-standing chairman Rob Roslyn at the event as he announced he is stepping down after 15 years.

Mr Roslyn, who was given the John Eldridge award for voluntary service in 2016, has now become the first recipient of the inaugural ‘Rob Roslyn Shield’.

He said: “We are growing so fast and want to provide everyone, irrespective of their ability, with the opportunity to play football.”

Elsewhere at the event, held last Friday, the club's under 10 girls team were crowned 'Team of the Year' and plans were announced to offer two girls teams in the under 10 and under 11 age groups next season.

More than 500 people celebrated the achievements of players, parents and coaches and raised over £1000 for the club.

Some 200 players were given awards.

Jeff Lynn, the club's new chairman, said: “The future looks so bright for Didcot Casuals. There is huge demand for youth football in this region and we want to do everything we can to service it.

"I am grateful for everything Rob has done, delighted that he is continuing to help us in a new role and am proud to become chairman of this fantastic club.”