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Rugby volunteers' rewarded for their sterling efforts

By Jonathan Bradley

SONI and Ulster Rugby have launched a new initiative set to honour and recognise the dedication of community rugby volunteers across the province.

The SONI Community Rugby Champions programme will reward the contributions of volunteers throughout the game and four chosen finalists will each receive a £500 bursary for their club with the overall winner scooping £1,000.

SONI general manager Robin McCormick said: "As part of our sponsorship with the Ulster Senior League, we are delighted to reward people who give up their free time to ensure the smooth running of community rugby. Without volunteers, local clubs which play such a crucial and positive role in communities, simply wouldn't be able to survive."

Chris Webster, Ulster's domestic rugby manager, added: "The SONI Community Rugby Champions award is a fantastic way to recognise volunteers' achievements and to say thank you for all their hard work, commitment and devotion to their local club. We're thrilled with SONI's level of commitment since their sponsorship with the Ulster Senior League and for championing and supporting such a great initiative."

The deadline for entries is Tuesday, March 8.

Anyone can nominate by filling out the online application form, at www.ulsterrugby.com/ communitychampions.

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