Volunteers from Gloucester Rugby, Sale Sharks and Wasps given nod ahead of Premiership Rugby Parliamentary Community Awards 2019
Gloucester Rugby, Sale Sharks and Wasps representatives have all been shortlisted for Premiership Rugby’s Community Volunteer of the Year award, supported by CVC, with judge Sarah Mortiboys blown away by the high level of applicants.
With the Premiership Rugby Parliamentary Community Awards 2019 taking place at the House of Commons on Wednesday 17 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 – HITZ, Project Rugby, Tackling Health 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 is very humbling.”
Shortlist for Volunteer of the Year award, supported by CVC:
Aaron Hinckley – Gloucester Rugby
England U20s back rower Aaron has helped to mentor and deliver sporting sessions to Gloucester Rugby HITZ students, raising aspirations and supporting learners both within the classroom and on the rugby field. He gives one-to-one support for students with their functional skills or coaching/gym instructor qualifications and also provides engaging and challenging sport sessions to a group who are usually sedentary and have issues with authority.
Matt Hulme – Sale Sharks
Following the death of his brother, Matt was looking for something to direct his passion and his love for rugby grew and grew, seeing him join the Sale Sharks’ Walking Rugby Programme. Having gained confidence and coaching qualifications Matt has been running these community sessions independently since December. His self-confidence has come on leaps and bounds since his involvement in the programme, and his enthusiasm for rugby is something that is infectious within the Walking Rugby sessions – bringing that spirit out in everyone.
Connie Perkins – Wasps
Whilst juggling her GCSE revision commitments Connie volunteers at least four hours a week through Wasps’ community programmes. She supports mixed ability touch rugby sessions at Old Leamingtonians RFC and helps to host a sports club for people with Down’s Syndrome. She has been the driving force behind this project after being inspired by a family friend’s son who has the condition.
To read more about Premiership Rugby’s community programmes, please visit www.premiershiprugby.com/in-the-community while you can join in the conversation via the hashtag #ImproveAMillionLives