LEYLAND Warriors stalwart Peter Kearns stood down after 20 years of service as club secretary recently.

Kearns has been actively volunteering at Leyland Warriors as both a coach and a committee member.

In that time he has coached a variety of teams, as well as supporting new coaches at the club.

As Secretary, Peter has acted for the club at all youth and junior leagues, also with the local authority and he has managed all registrations and transfers.

In addition to his work at our club, Peter was also the North Lancs Rep for the British Amateur Rugby League Association for a number of years, as well as being a leading figure in the Lancashire Service Area.

He also coached in local schools for many years to help attract new players to the club.

Chairman Phil Roberts said: “Peter has been an absolute rock for our club for many years as a coach and administrator and we cannot possibly thank him enough.

“Aside from his actual role he has been a mentor and a source of support for many people, myself included, and has become a great friend.

“We will all have to work very hard to replace him and we are delighted that he will continue to be a part of Leyland Warriors.”

Kearns has become the first-ever President of Leyland Warriors, having accepted the nomination for this newly created post.

He has deservingly received many accolades for his volunteering over the years, from rugby league groups and the local authority, not least of which was being named the Rugby Football League’s National Volunteer of the Year in 2009.

Peter was also made a Life Member of the North West Juniors Rugby League Association at their AGM in December and a presentation was made to him at the North West Counties 13-15s AGM earlier this month.