RFL Community Awards 2014
The RFL Community Awards recognise and celebrate the hard work of volunteers from across the sport.
The awards are a celebration of the outstanding work across all aspects of the community game – including schools, colleges, universities and Touch Rugby League as well as the club game – and will this year take place at Old Trafford before the First Utility Super League Grand Final on Saturday October 11.
How to nominate someone for an award
Nominations can be submitted by anyone by simply posting or e-mailing a completed nomination form to the RFL’s Community Game Services Department by Sunday August 31.
Shortlisted nominees will be announced in early September and the winners announced on the night. All shortlisted nominees will be invited to the ceremony.
The awards which are open for nominations are as follows:
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
The person who, through their outstanding contribution, ensures the smooth running of your organisation (club, league, society etc)
YOUNG VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
(Under 25 years on September 1 2013)
This is a young person who has committed time and effort exemplary to their peers and whose contribution has helped to grow and develop the game of Rugby League.
COACH OF THE YEAR
The person whose dedication to coaching has helped players to develop and the club improve on and off the field and whose efforts make the game of Rugby League more enjoyable for
CHILDREN’S COACH OF THE YEAR
The person whose efforts help junior players to develop good behaviours, skills and technique and who creates an environment in which young players can flourish and enjoy the game.
GROUND PERSON OF THE YEAR
The unsung hero who looks after the pitch at the club and through whose efforts the players enjoy training and playing on a great surface. A person who has shown the commitment to learning and development needed to be a top grounds-person.
ADULT MATCH OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR
(18 years or above on September 1 2013)
The match official who has shown exceptional performance and/or commitment at a community level, and has dedicated time and effort exemplary to all officials.
YOUNG MATCH OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR
(Under 18 years on September 1 2013)
The young match official who has shown exceptional performance and/or commitment at a community level, and has dedicated time and effort exemplary to all officials.
New Awards for 2014
RFL SERVICES TO COMMUNITY RUGBY LEAGUE AWARD
The RFL Services to Community Rugby League Award will be presented to a number of people each year who have undertaken a specific service for the sport of Rugby League over a number of years.
RFL COMMUNITY RUGBY LEAGUE AWARD OF MERIT
The RFL Community Rugby League Order of Merit will be awarded to those who have given distinguished and outstanding service to Community Rugby League over at least 10 years.
These awards will replace the Lifetime Achievement Awards and sit below the RFL Roll of Honour as formal recognition of outstanding contributions to the sport.
This year the RFL will award a number of these awards. However, in future it is expected that normal practice will be for recommendations to be made by League Management Groups, RFL Committees or clubs who wish to have the services of individuals formally acknowledged.