- Inaugural volunteer evening held in St Albans
- Nominations made by 17 Herts clubs
Hertfordshire RFU held their first county recognition evening for volunteers and it was a great success, with 17 clubs each choosing to nominate two volunteers for their invaluable services within their rugby community.
A wide cross section of attendees – many of whom had over 20 years’ volunteering experience – ranged from groundsmen and kitchen staff to coaches, referees and administrators
Each nominee at the new event held at St Albans School Pavilion received a signed personal certificate from Hertfordshire RFU, presented by Saracens player Jackson Wray, as the volunteers, their guests and representatives from the clubs enjoyed a buffet and drinks.
They were welcomed by Mark Elliott (Hertfordshire RFU President) and there was a keynote speech by Rob Hardwick – a volunteer himself – from the Herts Sports Partnership, while David Gilroy of St Albans RFC spoke in praise of all the volunteers that shape the game in Hertfordshire.
Mark Elliott said of the evening: “It went extremely well and we hope this will become a regular and well supported annual event in the HRFU calendar” and Tim Bonnett, the Chair of the Playing Committee who had a big hand on the organisation, added: “It was wonderful to see the joy of those given an award.
“Saying a sincere ‘thank you’ means such a lot to the volunteers who do so much to make the sport work. It was also great to see young and old, men and women among those recognised - there is a place for all in rugby both on the pitch and off it!"
Amanda Bate, Hertfordshire RFU County Volunteer Coordinator, echoed those sentiments, saying: “It was so good to see the diversity of roles people were being recognised for - and that men and women , some having volunteered for many years, others for only a handful so far, received the recognition they all deserved.
“It will become a regular event in Herts and I'm sure it will grow year by year until every club joins in.”