Recently NLD had the opportunity to make a nomination for an outstanding volunteer under 40 to attend a recognition luncheon with RFU President Johnathan Dance at Twickenham Stadium.
Jake Hill was selected as one of the nominated volunteers to attend the day as recognition for all of his hard work in the game.
Jake started refereeing aged 16 and once qualified quickly joined the NLD Referees Society. Now aged 18 Jake referees every weekend and every Wednesday covering a wide variety of matches from School, Club, Senior, Sevens, Girls & Ladies games, last season he refereed the NLD U13 Cup Final and the Lincolnshire U17’s Cup Final. On top of this he referees Touch rugby on a regular basis and refereed at the European Touch Championships which culminated in him being tasked with refereeing the final of the U18’s tournament.
Nicole Brown commented ‘Jake is an outstanding young ambassador for our sport, an engaging and dedicated volunteer who spends many hours officiating the game so that others may get maximum enjoyment and he fully deserves to be recognised.’
Below you can read all about Jake’s trip to Twickenham for the luncheon, he is pictured with Declan Wolverson.
Volunteer Lunch at Twickenham by Jake Hill
The day was brilliant, it started with an early train down to London and then traversing the London underground until we made it to Richmond. The weather in London was really sunny and warm so we took a slight detour to visit London Scottish/Richmond Rugby Club.
When we arrived at Twickenham there were only a few people who had been invited. I met Jonathan Dance the current RFU president and we had a quick discussion about the game and how I got into officiating. It wasn’t because I got injured which is what everyone seems to believe; in fact injury had nothing to do with the decision.
After the meal we then had a tour of the stadium, the tour included the ERIC room (England Rugby International Club). This room is not usually included in the tour but since it was a special occasion we were allowed in this one time. Overall the day was one that I will remember for a long time and it was nice to be recognised by people, especially for something you enjoy doing. Although we got to see most of the stadium and the changing rooms however we still weren’t allowed on the pitch!
I’d like to say a quick thank you for the people that nominated me, it means a lot to be recognised. It helps to remind you what Rugby is about and the great people our game attracts.