Papatoetoe’s latest Life Member has filled many positions, on and off the pitch

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Long-time Papatoetoe player and volunteer Salvatore Marti has become the South Auckland club’s latest Life Member.

Marti (53) has filled many positions at the club — on and off the pitch — and his efforts were acknowledged at Papatoetoe’s latest Annual General Meeting.

Marti joined the club in 1998 and played for teams in Over 30s, 35s, 40s, 45s and open-grade competitions. He managed the Over 40s for many years.

He was a parent helper when his daughter played for the club and he coached a women’s team for two seasons.

Marti joined the club’s executive committee in 2001, and served as senior club captain.

He took a break in 2008 but was co-opted by the committee in 2017 to help with fundraising.

In 2018, he became the club’s president, a role he held until stepping down at last November’s AGM.

In according him Life Membership, the club said he had set out to build a financially stable club. He was instrumental in securing grants to pay for the upgrade of lamps on the club’s No 1 and No 2 pitches to LEDs, achieved in 2022. This led to reduced power costs.

He had also initiated the upgrade of the back room ceiling and walls, and refurbishment of the hallway ceiling at the club’s Murdoch Park clubrooms.

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