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Young volunteer efforts recognised

09 May 2013

  • Chesterfield Panther Johnson recognised for volunteering commitments
  • 50 hours of voluntary work for
Young Volunteers Gold Certificate recipient Owen Johnson

Photo: RFU Archive

Owen Johnson of Chesterfield Panthers has been awarded his Young Volunteers Gold Certificate by the RFU in recognition of his outstanding contribution to rugby in Notts, Lincs & Derbyshire.

Johnson, 20, has completed more than 50 hours of voluntary work at his club and as a member of the NLD Referees’ Society.

“Owen attended the Young Volunteer Programme in NLD and committed fully to it from the very beginning,” said Matt Jefferson, the RFU’s Rugby Development Officer for Derbyshire.

“Since starting the programme he has gone on to complete his referee qualifications, joined the Referees’ Society, coached and officiated voluntarily in schools as part of recruitment activities organised by the School Sports Partnership and local RFU Community Rugby Coaches and he has now completed more than 55 hours of voluntary leadership work in his club and community.

“This work has benefited Chesterfield Panthers in the recruitment of players through the ability to provide high-quality refereeing at school matches at the club.

“The high quality of experience the school players received at the club gave everyone the opportunity to take part, learn and develop whilst experiencing, for some, a completely new sport.

“Owen intends to continue this work whilst at university in helping to provide a high-quality rugby experience and hopefully attract new players to the game.”

The RFU Gold Certificate recognises the efforts of young volunteers who have achieved 50 hours of volunteering.