Real Rugby Heroes

  • Competition to find the country’s Real Rugby Heroes is officially now open
  • Nominate someone who deserves recognition for delivering rugby to their school

Do you know someone who has played a crucial role in volunteering their time and efforts to help deliver rugby in a school? If the answer is yes, then now is your chance to nominate your hero and award them with the recognition that they deserve.

The England Rugby Football Schools Union and England Rugby partner, NatWest have launched the search for this year’s Real Rugby Heroes.

Whether it is someone who has invested time in establishing new rugby teams, drives players the length and breadth of the country or gives up their spare time to coach a team, a Real Rugby Hero is someone who has made a real difference to their school’s rugby.

Winners from the 2015/16 competition included teachers who organised their school’s every fixture, training session, washed the kits, drove the bus to matches, and volunteers who have gone above and beyond to grow participation in a sport that they love.

The 2016/17 winners will each receive two match tickets to an England International fixture in the summer of 2017, as well as VIP invitations to the NatWest Schools Cup Finals Day at Twickenham Stadium in March 2017 – the biggest schools rugby competition in the country.

Speaking about the scheme, Brett Williams, Sponsorship Manager at NatWest, said: “Up and down the country, a huge number of volunteers work tirelessly to improve the great game of rugby. The majority of these volunteers are unpaid and graft away week in week out just for the love of the game.

"To us they are the ‘Real Rugby Heroes’, and NatWest are keen to reward volunteers through the scheme to show it’s continued commitment to supporting grassroots rugby."


If you know someone who has made a difference at your school, fill in the form below describing how and why you believe they should be a Real Rugby Hero.

The closing date for nominations is December 31, 2016.