Congratulations to the special Hampshire Rugby Volunteers who received awards from Hampshire President Rick Scott on Friday night an an exclusive dinner at the headquarters of IBM Research and Development, Hursley House, near Winchester, writes Garry Doherty.


Successfully organised by new Club Development Chairman, Mark Castle, the group consisted of leading luminaries within Hampshire circles and of course, the five recognised volunteers.

Unsung Hero – John Tinker from Chineham RFC (second from right) has been Club Secretary for the last 5 seasons, whilst acting as the 1st XV Team Manager and coaching the U13s. He has successfully applied for a £2,000 from Natwest Rugby Force and has been actively involved with the Basingstoke Sports Voluntary Group raising the profile of the group.


Young volunteer - Oliver Green from Portsmouth RFC (third from right) continues to support the U12 squad and has completed his level 1 coaching qualification. He is involved in supporting other squads and regularly contributes to the tidy up of the Junior Clubhouse. Thank you Oliver.


Administrator of the year - Paul Honey of Ellingham & Ringwood RFC (far right) an age group manager for a number of years has worked tirelessly to improve management and operational structure.


Having managed to increase coach numbers across the board and Paul has reviewed accreditations, coaching and first aid qualifications and has organised additional training where necessary. Thank you Paul.


Referee of the year - Dean Crossley of Basingstoke RFC (third from left) has shown his commitment to Hampshire rugby by refereeing over 40 matches in 2015, confirming that he is one of the most active officials in the county. Thank you Dean.


Young coach of the year - Alan Clark from Eastleigh RFC (absent due to illness) has been a youth coach with Eastleigh Pirates for ten years and has been instrumental in the development of players in multiple squads.


He has also worked hard to raise the image of the club through awards and projects such as RFU young ambassadors. He has also worked with other club members to win two President XV awards. Thank you Alan.


Senior coach - Bernie Rhodes of Fareham Heathens RFC (second from left) who was initially appointed as the Colt's coach in 2009, but rose to the top job and achieved promotion on the first attempt.


Bernie coaches both senior teams and has gone on to consolidate positions and performed well, this season being crowned back to back Hampshire Plate winners!


Congratulations to all!

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