Volunteering

Young Rugby Ambassador: Driving Rugby Forward

Being part of the Young Rugby Ambassador (YRA) programme gives you the opportunity to gain recognition for your involvement in supporting rugby – there are countless ways to get involved and valuable benefits including learning professional skills and stash.

Who can be a YRA?

Anybody aged 14-25 and wants to support rugby in their local area. This can be at your club, school, college, university or within your community – wherever you feel you can contribute. You can be with a group of mates or just on your own supported by your club, tutor, teacher or committee.

You can decide how often and for how long you help out. It could be refereeing a match once a week or helping out at an event once a year. There’s a huge variety of ways to support rugby in your area, from managing a club’s social media to coaching minis and juniors.

Here are some of the ways you can get involved on and off the pitch:

  • Ambassador roles
  • Refereeing
  • Coaching
  • Events organising
  • Social Media

If you have any questions about any of these roles, you can email YRA2015@RFU.com.

Want to say thank you to your club volunteers?

Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer Recognition Programme

England Rugby and Mitsubishi Motors have developed the Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer Recognition Programme to provide grassroots rugby clubs with opportunities to recognise and reward the volunteers who make up an integral part of the game. You can access information about this award here.

The Kent County RFU Volunteer Awards 2018

The nominations for the Kent RFU Volunteer Awards 2017/2018 are now open, with a deadline for receipt of nominations 31st March 2018.

Please note: Nominations are via the SurveyMonkey form only: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/79CBXDQ

  • Any club member can make a nomination
  • Anyone involved in volunteering within the category can be nominated
  • No supplementary information or photography will be accepted

The award categories are :

  1. Kent RFU President’s Award – This will go to a club person, an unsung hero who makes an all-round significant contribution to the success of a club
  2. Mini Rugby Volunteer of the Year This award will go to a volunteer who has been nominated by their club as making significant contribution to the mini section of their club
  3. Junior Rugby Volunteer of the Year – This award will go to a volunteer who has been nominated by their club as making a significant contribution to the junior section of their  club
  4. Girl’s Rugby Volunteer of the Year – This award will go to a volunteer who has been nominated by their club as making a significant contribution to the girl’s section of the club (males can be nominated in this award if contributing to the section as a volunteer)
  5. Women’s Rugby Volunteer of the Year – This award will go to a volunteer who has been nominated by their club as making a significant contribution to the Women’s section of the club (males can be nominated in this award if contributing to the section as a volunteer)
  6. Senior Rugby Volunteer of the Year – This award will go to a volunteer who has been nominated by their club as making a significant contribution to the Senior section of the club
  7. Young Rugby Ambassador of the Year – This award will go a Young Rugby Ambassador aged 14-24, whom are part of the RFU YRA programme, driving the core values of Rugby within their community
  8. Student Volunteer of the Year – This award will go to a student volunteer who has been nominated by their university/college/school as making a significant contribution to Rugby
  9. RFU Spirit of Rugby Award – This award is specific to the educational sector and is relevant to the whole institution, giving playing opportunities to all the students and offering development pathways for students in all forms of rugby.

Kent RFU Volunteer Awards nomination guidelines:

Any club member can make a nomination

In choosing the recipients of the Awards, regard is given to the nominee’s achievements in the Year immediately prior to receiving the award, as well as their past achievements and ongoing contribution to the Rugby Union within Kent.

Entries will be assessed on the quality of the application. Therefore:

  • Be specific
  • What are the achievements?
  • How did the nominee achieve it?

Provide facts and figures

Ensure that the person nominated is involved in volunteering within the section they are nominated in.

The number of nominations received per nominee bears no weight in their selection.
See here for last year’s winners.