- Community volunteer coaches rewarded for their work
- Find out more about the Mitsubishi Motors Volunteers Recognition Programme
As the heartbeat of the grassroots game volunteers deserve recognition, which is why 12 coaches from across the country gathered at the home of London Irish RFC last week for a unique opportunity.
The volunteers, all nominated by their local rugby community, were met by England head coach Eddie Jones who led them in a coaching masterclass.
As well as giving some top tips from his experience at the elite end of the sport, Jones observed the coaches as they led their own sessions, providing feedback to each of them as well as taking part in a Q&A at the end of the afternoon.
“Being nominated was an absolutely fantastic opportunity which meant I could come here, meet Eddie Jones and get feedback from him," said Duke McIntyre from Wallsend.
"As chairman of youth I look after a lot of coaches so the fact that Mitsubishi Motors put so much into recognising those volunteers gets them investing more into their club and the whole objective.”
For Jones, the day was another insight into the incredible level of commitment from England's rugby volunteers.
"The way they are coaching is evidence of a lot of good work being done at the grassroots.
"If players love training and their coaching they are more inclined to keep playing the game. The skills and values players learn from their coaches are just so important.”
Angelique Aldworth, a coach from Teignmouth who was nominated for her outstanding work in growing the game in Devon, said the chance to meet fellow coaches was one of the most rewarding elements.
“I enjoy coaching because some elements that come out of it have nothing to do with what happens on the field – for example, when you come off the field and there’s a recognition of one of the core values that just blows your mind.”
England Rugby and Mitsubishi Motors have developed the Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer Recognition Programme to provide grassroots rugby clubs, Constituent Bodies and the rugby community with opportunities to recognise and reward the volunteers who make up an integral part of the game.
Nominations for the Volunteer of the Year Awards have now closed. However, you can click here for information on how to nominate a volunteer for the wide range of other Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer Recognition Programme opportunities.