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Honda Volunteer of the Year 2022-23
29th May 2023

Honda Volunteer of the Year 2022-23

On Saturday 27 May, NLD Chair Mike Waplington, Honorary Secretary Bradley Magnus and Chair of NLD Disciplinary Committee, Tim Bembridge hosted the NLD Region Honda Volunteer of the Year awards at Newark RFC.

This is the second year that Honda have partnered with England Rugby to run the Honda Volunteer Recognition Programme, and the Volunteer of the Year awards have been developed to provide the local rugby community and grassroots rugby clubs, with opportunities to recognise volunteers such as yourselves who are an integral part of the game.

From the coaches to the secretaries and grounds teams, the game we love wouldn’t be the same without the volunteers who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make it happen.  With over 100,000 volunteers across the country who give back to rugby, week in, week out, the Honda Volunteer Recognition Programme provides an opportunity to say thank you.

  • Unsung Hero which recognises those have gone above and beyond to provide positive experiences, enhance member enjoyment & ensure their club is fit for the future
  • Game for All to celebrate those who have provided an inspiring offer to engage with their local community, making the game even more accessible & providing a welcoming environment for all
  • And Challenging Spirit to recognise volunteers who have implemented new ideas to help re-build after the pandemic whether engaging & retaining players or increasing the number of games played.

Please see the Volunteering page on this site for more information and links related to Volunteering

The winner of the Unsung Hero award is Mal Yates of Scunthorpe RFC

Mal Yates of Scunthorpe RFC receives the Unsung Hero award from NLD Chair, Mike Watlington

The winner of the Game for All award is Donna Morley of Nottingham Corsairs RFC

The winner of the Challenging Spirit award is Dave Hassell of Nottingham Moderns RUFC.

One finalist from the NLD region is invited to the National Honda Volunteer of the Year Awards at Twickenham in September, where three national winners will be announced.

The National Finalist is Donna Morley of Nottingham Corsairs RFC – congratulations and good luck at Twickenham, Donna!

Other nominees present at the awards are pictured below.