Volunteers’ Stories

With over 100,000 rugby volunteers in England there are an endless number of positive and inspirational stories that deserve to be told, so the Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer Recognition Programme wants to hear from you and your fellow volunteers to inspire others to give back to the game.

Got a motivating volunteering story? Send it to MMVRP@rfu.com and we will share some of the best ones.

From clubhouse waiter to vice-captain

When Adam Padgett first walked in to Colne & Nelson RUFC, it wasn’t as a player but as a waiter. 

The 18-year-old had never picked up a rugby ball before, let alone been inside a clubhouse, but on the evening of Colne’s 80th anniversary celebrations that all changed. 

Read Adam's story

Haringey's heroic volunteer

In one of the UK’s most deprived boroughs there is currently a 21-year-old volunteer leading a rugby revolution. 

De’Shaun Elliot, who was named one of four Mitsubishi Motors Volunteers of the Year, has dedicated the last seven years of his life to introducing rugby to hundreds of young people in Haringey, London. 

Read De'Shaun's story

The 72-year-old club chairman (and barman)

There would be no Cannock RUFC without 72-year-old David Taylor. Not according to those at the club who nominated Taylor for a Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer of the Year Award this season. 

Taylor has been the chairman for 19 years at Cannock and has overseen the club’s remarkable transformation in that time. 

Read David's story 

Old Coventrians' stalwart volunteer 

Some people are born into rugby and that’s certainly the case with Jane Waterhouse.

As a child she used to go along to Old Coventrians to watch her dad John Cobbold play and it is the dedication of her parents to the Warwickshire club that continues to inspire Waterhouse today. 

Read Jane's story