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Mansfield RFC honoured at local sports awards ceremony

17 December 2009

  • Coach of the Year prize for Steve Shaw
  • Mansfield Colts win award

Mansfield RFC won two prestigious prizes at the recent Mansfield Sports Achievement Awards.

Mansfield coach Steve Shaw picked up the Coach of the Year award and the club’s colts side were voted Junior Team of the Year at the ceremony held at Mansfield Civic Centre. The prizes were presented by Mansfield’s Executive Mayor Tony Eggington.

Shaw, a former Mansfield scrum-half, first made his presence felt at Eakring Road as a junior coach, helping develop a successful junior side that went all the way through the age groups with many of the players now forming the backbone of their Midlands One East side.

Shaw is now Mansfield’s senior coach and has helped turn around the club’s on-field fortunes in the past two seasons.

He serves Mansfield in a voluntary capacity but works for the RFU as a Community Rugby Coach for Mansfield & Bassetlaw where he has also made a significant contribution to the development of rugby in Nottinghamshire.

"He continues to look at ways to develop his own coaching while ensuring the player is the main focus," said Nottinghamshire’s Rugby Development Officer Pete Shaw.

"He is a very worthy winner of the award and deserves the superlatives that come with it."

Mansfield also achieved finalist nomination status in four other categories at the awards evening. Their first XV were finalists in the Sports Team of the Year, Tom Lowery was a finalist in Junior Sportsperson of the Year, Ben Holmes was finalist in Sportsperson of the Year and Paul Elliott was a finalist in Volunteer of the Year.