Volunteers from Sale Sharks, Saracens and Worcester Warriors given nod ahead of Premiership Rugby Parliamentary Community Awards 2018
Sale Sharks, Saracens and Worcester Warriors representatives have all been shortlisted for Premiership Rugby’s Community Volunteer of the Year award supported by EdComms, with Wooden Spoon CEO Sarah Webb blown away by the high level of applicants.
With the Premiership Rugby Parliamentary Community Awards 2018 taking place at the House of Commons on Wednesday 11 July, a specially-selected panel faced the daunting task of whittling down the nominations to a final three for the prestigious gong that recognises those volunteers who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to the community through their passion, determination and dedication.
Every year hundreds of people up and down the country give their time to help run Premiership Rugby initiatives such as – but not limited to – Aviva Tackling Numbers, HITZ, Project Rugby and Move Like A Pro.
From going the extra mile to help youngsters in the local area, to getting more girls and women get into the game, these ground-breaking schemes all seek to help the community reach new heights both on and off the rugby pitch.
And according to Sarah, one of the judges on the panel, that would be impossible without those that volunteer their time.
“The calibre of the volunteers was quite incredible,” she said. “When you think that these people are delivering so many life changing opportunities to other members of the community and they aren’t paid, it’s very humbling.
“It is nice to see so much coming through the community programmes. The pressure of the commercial return is greater than ever so the fact that the community programmes are still delivering to such a high level is truly commendable.
“Rugby is an amazing game in that it’s never really about the ‘game’ it’s always about the teamwork, taking part and striving to be better – this is applied on and off the pitch at all of the clubs and transcends out into the supporters and communities.”
Shortlist for Volunteer of the Year award:
- Daisy Hibbert-Jones at Sale Sharks
- Edward Wade at Saracens
- Julian Lund at Worcester Warriors