- Young Rugby Ambassador honoured at Sports Award
- Fletcher Smith rewarded for outstanding service to sport
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Belper’s Fletcher Smith won the prestigious Derbyshire County Council Young Sports Leader/Youth Coach of the Year Award at the recent Derbyshire Sports Awards, held at The Roundhouse in Derby.
Smith, who is part of the RFU’s Young Rugby Ambassadors programme, is involved with Belper RFC, Amber Valley and Erewash Athletics Club and his local School Sports Partnership.
He was a Young Ambassador for the School Sports Partnership for two years and is now a mentor assisting in the development of future ambassadors.
Smith’s award, which also won Belper £200 for his future development, recognises his outstanding contribution as a volunteer to sport in Derbyshire.
“I have been to ambassador conferences and helped out at two Derbyshire Sports Games,” Smith said.
“I also helped in the promotion in the build up to the Olympics through assemblies, workshops, lessons and presentations in both primary and secondary schools.
“I have also helped in the organisation of tag rugby festivals that the School Sports Partnersip have held down at Belper.
“At the athletics club I assist in the coaching of the younger throwers in the club as I am county champion in shot and have my assistant coach qualification.
“At the rugby club I help out with the mini section, including refereeing matches. I also help out on car park duty when there are big events, and have coached scouts and cub sessions with around 50 children.
“During the week I help to coach the Under 17 team, which I also captain as well as helping in the kitchen, cleaning the changing rooms, helping behind the bar and with the first aid and water at first team matches.
“I have also been selected to be a Young Rugby Ambassador for Rugby World Cup 2015 (RWC 2015) and I was awarded the RFU Gold Volunteer Award earlier this year.”
The RFU Young Rugby Ambassadors Programme aims to develop more young volunteers in rugby clubs across the country.
Rugby clubs across England are being asked to nominate 16- to 20-year-olds to become YRAs, whose role will be to excite and inspire other young people in the build-up to RWC 2015 and beyond.
The young ambassadors will be working in their clubs to pass on the latest news on RWC 2015, raise awareness of rugby in their local area and will also help to get 16- to 24-year-olds from their community playing rugby again.