Volunteers are essential to the success and sustainability of rugby clubs and their associated activities. This is demonstrated by the time, willingness and commitment that volunteers dedicate to the game, from coaches and referees to committee members, parent / guardian helpers and many more.
Every year the Kent County RFU is proud to recognise these dedicated and selfless volunteers from across our grassroots clubs, who are nominated by their peers for going above and beyond in their activities to support the game that we love.
The awards to be presented this year, and a brief outline of what each one represents, are listed below. Please click below to nominate an individual (or group of people) you know has gone above and beyond. Nominations close at 17:00 on Friday 21 April.
This will go to a club volunteer whose efforts, more often than not, are unsung, and who makes an all-round significant contribution to the success of a club, either on the pitch and/or off of it.
Presented to a volunteer who has been nominated by their club as making a significant contribution to the mini section of their club.
Presented to a volunteer who has been nominated by their club as making a significant contribution to the junior section of their club
Presented to a volunteer who has been nominated by their club as making a significant contribution to the male or female senior sections of the club.
This award will go to a young person (aged 14-24). This person continues to drive the core values of Rugby within their community and among their peers, supporting their club or county on or off the pitch.
This award recognises volunteer non-players who make significant contributions to their club or wider community; be it facilitating training opportunities, back-office administration or taking Rugby’s core values into external organisations. This volunteer consistently upholds and actively promotes club/county rugby.
This award is specific to those who make the game a reality, whether it’s running the line on a Sunday morning for a junior game, or picking up a pair of boots and whistle for a Saturday senior game. This Match Official could be a club referee or county society member.
An award that seeks specifically to recognise those who bring rugby into the heart of our local communities, improving mental and physical health, encouraging equality and diversity, reaching out to those in hard-to-reach or disadvantaged environments, and growing the inclusiveness of our game.
Volunteers are the essential foundation of our rugby communities, without these selfless, dedicated, committed and hard working individuals our game would struggle.
The thanks they get are well deserved and our appreciation can be viewed by reading the overall results for 2021 / 2022, together with a ‘Roll of Honour’ listing all submissions, found here.