Rugby at grass roots level is totally reliant on volunteers putting in hours of unpaid work which often seems as if it goes unnoticed. It doesn’t!. The reason why people volunteer is usually to make a difference and for personal enjoyment. Rugby can offer the opportunity of both in abundance.
There is always things to be done and like the game itself there is room for all skills and abilities. You don’t have to have played the game to play your part.
As with any responsible organisation these days there will be some checks if you will be dealing with under 18 year olds but don’t let this put you off, be reassured by it.
So why not get involved – call your local rugby club today!
The value of some of the volunteers has been recognised within Durham County with the following awards
Value the Volunteer
1998 J.M.Bland 50 Caps Durham County XV
1999 W.M. Bowden, Hartlepool Rovers 25 years Team Doctor Durham County XV.
2008 D.Murray. Blaydon RFC 50 years Service. County Committee.
2009 E.R.Wood, Durham Univ. 35 Years Service. Coaching, Club, County & Univ.
Zurich England Rugby Unsung Hero.
2001-2002 C McLoughlin. Hon Sec Durham County RFU
Durham County RFU Member of the Year
(Awarded to a member of the Rugby Community in Durham County for outstanding services in the preceding year)
|2007||Neil Roseberry||Seaham RFC|
|2008||Andy Kyle||Sunderland RFC|
|2009||Tony Howe||Durham City RFC|
|2010||Terry Wison||Stockton RFC RFC|
|2011||Chris McLoughlin||Past President & Hon Secretary|
|2012||John Dove||West Hartlepool TDSOB RFC|
|2013*||Charles Thorburn||Ryton RFC|
|2013*||Harry Buxton||Stockton RFC|
*In 2013 there were 2 very deserving members so 2 awards were presented
RFU Presidential Value the Volunteer Awards
(The RFU President annually invites a Valued Volunteer, who must not have served on the County Committee, to be his guest at an International match at Twickenham)
|2002||Gordon Jude||Ryton||Roy Manock|
|2003||Dave Gardner||Darlington||Derek Morgan|
|2004||Ray Attle||Chester le Street||Robert Horner|
|2005||Dave Turner||Horden||Malcolm Phillips|
|2006||David Bramley||West Hartlepool TDSOB||Leroy Angel|
|2007||Les Smith||West Hartlepool||Bob Rogers|
|2008||Ian Fletcher||Hartlepool BBOB||Bob. Taylor|
|2009||Mick Woodley||Durham City||Brian Williams|
|2010||Stuart Darby||Durham County XV||John Owen|
|2011||Peter Gallone||Bishop Auckland RFC||Richard Appleby|