Cheshire Presidents Volunteer Awards 2015
The inaugural Cheshire Presidents Volunteer Awards Presentation Dinner was held at Bowdon RUFC on Thursday 14th May 2015. Nominations had been made by rugby clubs across Cheshire identifying and recognising the efforts and commitment of volunteers. In total there were 37 nominations from 14 clubs.
Nominations were grouped into 9 categories, copying the RFU Presidents awards categories, with 2 additions for Mini and Juniors, and Women’s and Girls. Martin Wroe, President of Cheshire RFU led the judging in each category to select a recipient for a Blue Plaque award.
The Plaques were presented at the dinner by Paul Warrington, next year’s President, standing in for Martin Wroe, with all other nominees receiving RFU branded gifts and certificates from David Ewing, The RFU Council rep for Cheshire. Colin Free, Chairman of Cheshire RFU announced at the end of the presentations that Rugby World Cup tickets had been secured for every nominee as well.
The awards evening was a lively affair attended by 70 people from 10 of the 14 clubs who made nominations. A lot of camaraderie was shown within the rugby fraternity with the efforts of volunteers being appropriately recognised and celebrated.
The nominations and Plaque awards are as follows
|Player Recruitment||Phil Cardus – Plaque Award||New Brighton|
|Matt Baty||Crewe and Nantwich|
|Player Retention||Keith Ashford – Joint Plaque Award||Holmes Chapel|
|Jon Griffin– Joint Plaque Award||Holmes Chapel|
|Andy Partington– Joint Plaque Award||Holmes Chapel|
|People Power||Mark Fenby – Plaque Award||Bowdon|
|Ralph Savill||Liverpool Referees Society|
|Club Management||Roy Kitchiner – Plaque Award||Bowdon|
|Len Galey||Liverpool Referees Society|
|Better Facilities||Dickie Smith – Plaque Award||Caldy|
|Brian Welch – Plaque Award||Winnington Park|
|Andrew Patterson||New Brighton|
|Craig Randles||Crewe and Nantwich|
|Community Engagement||Andy Brown – Plaque Award||Crewe and Nantwich|
|Matt Griffiths||Gentlemen of Moore|
|Presidents ‘Beyond Rugby’ Award||Kay Weeks – Plaque Award||Stockport|
|Robin Cheeks||Gentlemen of Moore|
|Chris Pemberton||Crewe and Nantwich|
|Minis and Juniors||Emma Reid – Plaque Award||Ramsey – IOM|
|Steve Holding||Crewe and Nantwich|
|Gail Surplice||Gentlemen of Moore|
|Lisa Franklin||Gentlemen of Moore|
|Women and Girls||Matt Baty – Plaque Award||Crewe and Nantwich|
Mark H Jordan
Cheshire CB Volunteer Co-Ordinator
18 May 2015