The volunteers at the heart of Rushden & Higham RFC

  • Dan Day has been a volunteer at Rushden & Higham for 10 years 
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What began as going along to Rushden & Higham RFC 10 years ago to watch his son play soon became a whole lot more for volunteer Dan Day. 

In the decade since, Day has been the registration secretary, managed the club's catering, was appointed junior coordinator and served as chairman of the club for six years. 

"One thing sort of led to another," says Day. "Once you start it is difficult to stop. You become so personally invested in protecting the future of the club."

Even after stepping down as chairman, Day continues to give up his time as the club's safeguarding officer as well as organising match day programmes and bringing in sponsors. 

"It's a family"

The club has developed a great deal over the last decade, a £130,000 club refurbishment is now complete, the finances are secure and the minis and juniors section has grown to around 300 weekly players.  

"Leave a legacy and not a liability."

For Day, the main reason for all of the achievements has been a dedicated team of volunteers. 

"The aim for all the people who give up their time to support the club is to leave a legacy and not a liability. Rugby is a big family and the volunteers are the heartbeat of the club."

Change of fortunes 

Over the years Day has been particularly involved in working with the committee to secure the club's financial future. 

"The club wasn't in a great place financially but we have changed our approach and focused on becoming a sustainable business and that has had a huge impact. 

"The team of volunteers here give up their time and try and leave the club in the best place possible and I hope that is what we have done."

Do you know a volunteer like Dan who deserves to be recognised? Nominate them for the Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer of the Year Awards to give them the opportunity to be celebrated as one of the country’s leading rugby volunteers.