Cambridge grants life member status to long-time supporter Hank Kerkhof

Waikato club Cambridge have added long-time player, coach and supporter Hank Kerkhof to their list of life members.

Kerkhof was granted life membership at the club’s latest annual general meeting, capping a lifetime of support for the club.

Main photo: Hank Kerkhof … becomes Cambridge’s 17th life member.

As a young man, he played for the club, usually as a goalkeeper, and then helped with coaching and holding roles on the club’s committee.

Club president Peter Martens says one of Kerkhof’s biggest achievements was fundraising most of the money needed to extend the clubrooms in 1974, enabling the club to cater for more players and to significantly grow its membership.

“Hank went round town three nights a week, selling pub raffles and raising the money we needed, dollar by dollar,” he said.

Hank Kerkhof is from the family who led the building of the Vogel St clubrooms in 1967, one of three sons of then-club president John Kerkhof.

The club’s grounds were named John Kerkhof Park in 1987 in recognition of the family’s achievements and, in particular, those of John.

In recent years, Hank Kerkhof has been a regular sideline supporter of Cambridge.

He becomes only the 17th life member since the club was formed in 1948.

Cambridge life members

Vic Butler, W.J.Sugden, Bert van Doorne, Eric Sugden, John Kerkhof, Alan Busst, Harry Bekkers, Hans Rakely, Rod Larnach, Kerry Dauphin, Bill Brown, Robert Bradley, Peter Martens, QSM. Steve Thomas, Josh Easby, Craig Clark, Hank Kerkhof.

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