ONE of the region's longest-serving soccer volunteers has been recognised for his tireless efforts.
Robert Barber was awarded with the Sportsmans Warehouse community sports award for April in recognition of his years of service to the sport.
A life member of the Tamworth Football Referees, North Companions Football Club and Kootingal Kougars, Barber has dedicated years to the sport he loves.
Barber has served the game in a number of roles throughout the years including as a coach, volunteer and referee.
Currently Barber acts as a mentor and a guide to the next generation of local referees.
Sportsmans Warehouse team member Alix Sills said Robert was one of the awards most deserving recipients.
"Bob is highly involved in local sport in a number of ways," Sills said.
"Sadly this will be the last award I am presenting but since I started I knew I would give my last one to Bob. He is one of the most deserving recipients yet."
Sills said Barber was a beloved figure in the Tamworth sporting community.
"He is still very active within the local sport while other people many different avenues in retirement," she said.
"Bob will unashamedly state his biggest attribute is his wife Fay, who has always supported him in his endeavours."