2013 Volunteer Appreciation Awards
Some of the 2013 Community Rugby Volunteer Award Winners
The annual Community Rugby Volunteer Appreciation Awards presentation and dinner was held on Friday 21st June at London Welsh.
The Volunteer Appreciation Awards are the County’s way of recognising the hard work our volunteers do throughout the season to keep clubs running and rewarding those key individuals for their hard work. The dinner also gives clubs and volunteer co-ordinators the opportunity to network and share ideas with others.
Middlesex Rugby has been running the Volunteer Appreciation Awards and Dinner for the past three years and the 2013 event saw over 20 clubs put in nominations with more than 100 volunteers attending on the evening.
The Community Rugby Committee runs the awards and the committee’s key goals are to deliver grassroots support to our clubs and improve communication channels. A task group within this committee oversees the event and, together with Middlesex Rugby president, Michael Barnes, reviews all nominations and recommends the winners
2013 AWARD CATEGORIES & WINNERS
President's VII Awards
The President's VII awards recognise clubs who have contributed to the development of the game of rugby. In 2013 awards were presented in the following categories:
More than a game: The student club that has made the most significant effort in getting teams out or participating in the overall rugby set-up
Winner: Imperial College Ladies who have worked hard on recruitment to increase their squad size and have topped both the BUCS and LUSL league tables. Increased squad size and player retention led to a very successful varsity match with increased numbers participating.
Volunteering: The club that has made the most significant progress in increasing their club volunteers during the season
Winner: Teddington for challenging the ongoing issue of volunteers by restructuring the club around job roles. By nurturing their volunteers in key roles and supporting and recognising their efforts, they have made succession planning easier as volunteers move from an age group role to a wider club role.
Coaching: The club that has made the most significant progress in the recruiting and training of coaches
Winner: Grasshoppers for supporting and developing coaches across all sections of the club, as defined in the Club Coach Development Plan, and for investing in courses and outside coaches to support the learining of their coaches. This season has seen a real breakthrough in recruiting 'young' coaches from the senior playing section, mainly aged between 19-15, to coach throughout the junior teams.
Refereeing: The club that has made the most significant progress in recruiting and training referees
Winner: Old Merchant Taylors' for working alongside the school to focus on developing young referees, and for providing young referees for games and being proactive in providing and requesting feedback and praise to help with the referees' development.
Expanding & Developing the Game: The club that has done most, through working on recruitment, to grow their playing strength during the season
Winner: Old Streetonians who have targetted 16-24 year olds by joining forces with a young entreprenneurial business, bymyface.com where the club's logo was painted on people's faces. With over 1500 hits to the website in one day, Old Streets have recurited younger players back into the game, which has enabled all three sides to regularly field teams.
Community & Social Inclusion: The club that has made the most significant contribution to social inclusion and equality
Winner: Feltham, who have gone from having only one pitch and no clubhouse three years ago, to a fully functioning clubhouse and a detailed development plan which focuses on providing rugby and facilities for the local community in a socially deprived area. Working closely with local schools, offering coaching sessions and the use of their new facilities has helped Feltham forge links with their local community and offer rugby to those who may not necessarily have played in the past.
Women & Girls: The club that has done most to expand women's and girls' rugby during the season
Winner: Hackney who have shown what perserverance and off-field work can do to grow playing numbers and volunteers across both the women's and girls' sections. Their successes include the recuriting of 17 players this season, gaining promotion and seeing junior players progress into the senior sections, with senior players coaching the juniors. Their off-field successes came from their charity work raising over £2000 for SKRUM to help raise the profile of women and girls rugby in the area.
Young Volunteer of the Year (under 23)
This award is presented to the young volunteer who has made the most significant contribution to his or her club during the season, and continues to be by far one of the toughest categories to judge.
Four young volunteers were nominated for their hard work within their clubs: Edward Hirt (Upper Clapton), Adam Bloomfield (University of the Arts), Jack Bairstow (Ruislip) and Chantelle Willis (Hackney).
Winner: Jack Bairstow (Ruislip) for working on coaching qualifications and gaining coaching experience to ensure his long term future involvement in the game. Jack had to retire from rugby at a young age, but has thrown himself into volunteering, serving behind the bar, drumming up support for club events, painting the clubhouse, collecting subscriptions and acting as premises manager.
Individual Volunteer Awards
Individual volunteers are nominated by their clubs for an award for special achievement within their respective clubs. There was a large increase in the number of nominations received this year, and with such strong entries, chosing one winner from each group was particularly difficult. The four group winners are:
North Group: David Bailey (Old Streetonians) for taking a pub side to become a Level 7 club over the past ten years. From playing and coaching to facilities and funding, Old Streets owe much of their success to David's dedication and committment.
South Group: Sophie Tauchert (Hammersmith & Fulham) for her achievement in captaining her side to become league champions and cup runners up. Leading off the pitch is sometimes harder than leading on the pitch, and increasing membership by canvassing local colleges and universities has led to the recruitment of over 50% of the club's new players, meaning that the Hammers will be able to field a second team next season.
West Group: Sebastian Scotney (London Welsh) for his involvement in the minis section of his club, and his patience and care of young players to develop their natural talents. Building parental involvement to get them engaged in coaching, volunteering and the core values of the game has been the key to his success.
NorthWest Group: Paul Quinn (Kilburn Cosmos) for the many hats he wears, whether as a coach, serving behind the bar or putting in countless hours of hard work that generally go unseen. Paul swapped his volunteer co-ordinator role to become chairman of the junior section whilst also stepping up to successfully coach the ladies team. He is one of the club's most frequent volunteers.
Overall Individual Volunteer Award
This award is presented to the volunteer who the judges believe had made the greatest contribution to their club over the season. The nomination form for this nominee read: "This volunteer is invaluable to the club and never complains".
Winner: Mel Green (Upper Glapton) for her work managing everything from membership to RugbyFirst and CRB checks. Mel is one of the first successful candidates on the Middlesex Rugby Leadership Academy and sits on the Upper Clapton committee. It is hard to summarise all the hard work, enthusiasm and proactiveness that Mel shows her club.
AWARD WINNERS 2012
President’s VII Awards
* Coaching: Upper Clapton
* Refereeing: Upper Clapton
* Growing Rugby: Hackney
* Community & Social Inclusion: Old Streetonians
* More than a Game: KCL Ladies
* IT: Teddington
* Women & Girls: Upper Clapton
Individual Recognitions Awards
* Overall winner: Steve Rice (Old Streetoni)
* West Group winner: Gary Cunnincham (Grassphoppers)
* North West Group winner: Annie Lyndon (Ealing)
* North Group winners: Anthony Sheehan / John Paul Cremin (Hendon)
* South Group winner: Fiona Boultbee (Twickenham)
Young Volunteer of the Year
* Overall winner: Robert Coakley ()
AWARD WINNERS 2011
President’s VII Awards
* Coaching: Hackney
* Refereeing: Ealing
* Expanding the Game: Feltham
* Community & Social Inclusion: Grasshoppers
* Refereeing: Grasshoppers
* More than a Game: LSE Rugby
* Technology & Communications: Hammersmith & Fulham
* Women & Girls: Grasshoppers
Teddington also received a runners-up award in the Expanding the Game category
Individual Recognitions Awards
* Overall winner: Leroy Arbouine (Grasshoppers)
* West Group winner: Kevin Devereux (Feltham)
* North West Group winner: Harry Gillian (Ruislip)
* North Group winner: Kaye Selby (UCL WRFC)
* South Group winner: Kelly Carter (Twickenham)
Young Volunteer of the Year
* Overall winner: Tom Ferridge (Upper Clapton)
* Highly Recommended: Kay Selby (UCL WRFC)
Franchesca Formby (Grasshoppers)
Harry Gillan (Ruislip)