- Judith Phelps wins safguarding prize and becomes a grandmother
- North Midlands volunteer praised for her diligence
Judith Phelps had cause for double celebration when she attended the recent annual RFU Safeguarding Managers’ Conference at Twickenham Stadium.
Phelps, who is Safeguarding Manager of North Midlands RFU, became a grandmother for the first time during the first afternoon of the conference when her daughter Elinor gave birth to Tomos Alin at her home in North Wales.
Phelps, who is also chairman of Telford Hornets RFC, was then presented with an NSPCC Safeguarding Starts Award at the conference dinner.
"I knew that I had got the award in early October but I hadn’t realised that it would be presented at the conference in front of the other Safeguarding Managers,” she said.
"I found out during the conference that Elinor had given birth to Tomos so it was quite a day all round."
The NSPCC awards were made to the National Governing Bodies of different sports and Phelps was rugby union’s recipient after being nominated by Ann Hutchins, the RFU Safeguarding Executive, in recognition of diligent work in North Midlands and further afield.
"Whilst the Safeguarding team have an excellent group of Safeguarding Managers Judith was nominated because she always goes that extra mile for those who need her help whether it be parents, clubs or the RFU," Hutchins said.
"Judith has been in her role as Safeguarding Manager for eight years. She has worked tirelessly to ensure the clubs for which she is responsible comply with the RFU Safeguarding Policy.
"As an RFU Safeguarding Tutor she delivers both the basic awareness course and the Club Safeguarding Officers Workshop. Judith is always prepared to travel across the country to deliver training courses often with very short notice.
"Over the years she has held the position of Welfare Manager at various rugby festivals and tournaments. In this role she has ensured that the welfare of children was a priority in both the planning and delivering of these events.
"She was also one of two RFU Safeguarding Managers who assisted at the Sainsbury’s UK Sports Games this year.
"Judith is held in very high esteem both within the Safeguarding team and her own Constituent Body. She always has a sympathetic ear for those who wish to confide in her. She always tries to take a balanced view, considering both sides of the story, when gathering information or carrying out investigations for the RFU.
"Judith is always reliable, fair and a dedicated volunteer with a friendly, welcoming personality."