15th December -
Maggie Watts, a rugby volunteer from Kent, has been rewarded for her limitless efforts in helping the development of the women''s game with the presentation of a Year of the Volunteer medal this month.
Mrs Watts is one of 2,005 outstanding volunteers across the country who has received a medal. 2005 is the Year of the Volunteer and it is a year-long celebration of the work done by volunteers. Chancellor Gordon Brown launched the 2005 Year of the Volunteer in January with the aim of increasing the numbers of volunteers, to open up more volunteering opportunities, to raise the profile of volunteers and to thank volunteers everywhere for their time and commitment.
Watts has been a coach and administrator at Thanet Wanderers RFC for over 30 years. She helped set up and run both the mini and junior sections of the club and was instrumental in introducing Ladies rugby to the club.
She has also had a coaching role within the Kent Under 16s team, been a chairman of the County Youth Group, sat on the Kent RFU Admin and Competitions Committee. She has also acted as the Kent under 17s team manager and was secretary to the RFUW youth review group which led to the important Youth Review Report of 2005.
Watts said: "Coaching club and county youth squads has given me huge amount of satisfaction as I have seen players improve year on year.
"I am delighted to be recognised for this work, though I am slightly embarrassed because so many people do wonderful things to enable large numbers of diverse people access to rugby.
"This is however tremendous recognition of our ''section''. I hope when people see this they think ''I could do that'' because we need more volunteers in all aspects of our game. I am committed to promoting rugby for girls and this recognition also doubles up as a good way of raising the profile of the sport."
Mike Cordell, Honorary Secretary of Kent RFU Limited added: "Maggie is the driving force of the Kent girls team, which has produced a number of regional players. Her enthusiasm and sheer hard work are an example to all in our sport."