Recognition at Kent County Volunteers Awards Dinner


Shepherd Neame Brewery Store in Faversham played host to a great evening on June 7th, to recognise the work of our volunteers in Kent. From all the nominations received over the past few months, the awards committee picked three finalists from each category, who they felt had made a significant contribution to their clubs.

President’s Award – Alan Skinner – Tunbridge Wells RFC
Runners-up, Alan Farmer – Old Elthamians (Received by David Clent) and Dawn Waters – Medway RFC


Spirit of Rugby Award – Richard Heselden – Kemnal Technology College (Received by Chris Spedding)
Runners-up, Louise Pressney – Bexleyheath Academy and  Donna Finnis – Dover RFC 


Mini Rugby Volunteer of the Year Award – Graham Dunkerley – Canterbury RFC 
Runners-up, Andre Seguin – Dartfordians RFC and Thomas O’Sullivan  – Cranbrook RFC


Women’s Rugby Volunteer of the Year Award – Sandra Soler-Gomez – Dartfordians RFC 
Runners-up, Claire Dalladay (not present) – New Ash Green RFC and Emma Alleyne  – Canterbury RFC


Student Rugby Volunteer of the Year Award – Billy Hatherall – Canterbury Christ Church 
Runners-up, Aegean Leech – Canterbury Christ Church  (Phil Mooney receiving) and Charlie Bond  – Medway Uni


Young Rugby Ambassador Award – Poppy Branch – Old Elthamians RFC (Sara Branch receiving) 
Runners-up, Reiss Buckland – Westcombe Park RFC  and Lola Petitt – Dartfordians RFC


Men’s Rugby Volunteer of the Year Award – Lloyd Stokes – Ashford RFC
Runners-up, Howard Pearl – Sevenoaks RFC and Tony Krasij  – Medway RFC


Girls Rugby Volunteer of the Year Award – Matthew Kuhn – Medway RFC
Runners-up, Gwyn Edwards – Beckenham RFC and Sandra Soler-Gomez  – Dartfordians RFC


Junior Rugby Volunteer of the Year Award – Nick Turner – Gillingham Anchorians RFC
Runners-up, Katie Shaw – Westcombe Park RFC and Owen Smith – Medway RFC

The winners and runners-up were presented their awards on the evening by Laura Pettingale. Laura is a young referee who began as a volunteer, refereeing games at numerous rugby clubs in the county for Kent Referees Society. She has since reached the heights of the Women’s International arena. Laura said, ‘I am indebted to the volunteers working within Kent Referees Society who supported me. I wouldn’t have achieved so much without their support.’ On the evening David Clent, Kent County Game Development Chair awarded Laura with  County Honours on refereeing her first County Championship, Senior Men’s game this season.

Somerset v Hampshire – County Championship










Women’s U20 England V France U20




Have a look at all the photos taken on the evening by  ‘Go Vicinity Creative’. HERE!