Nominations sought for Heroes prize
SONI have launched their 2019 search for Ulster's Real Rugby Heroes. Now in its fifth year, the competition seeks to reward those who selfishly give their time over to the grassroots game and keep the sport running at club level.
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There are three categories this year with a winner selected from administrative volunteers, women and girls' rugby volunteers, and youth and mini-rugby volunteers.
Jo Aston, managing director of SONI, said: "Each category winner will win a £1,000 bursary for their club and will be invited to the end-of-season Ulster Rugby Awards Dinner, where one will be selected as Ulster Rugby's Volunteer of the Year for the 2019-20 season.
"Rugby across Ulster plays an important part in communities, particularly at a grassroots level. The clubs provide people with an opportunity not only to enjoy the game, but also enrich family and community life.
"Behind the scenes, there are so many selfless people who give up their time to ensure the smooth running of their clubs. Each year we meet incredible volunteers who do so much.
"We are delighted to launch the fifth year of the competition and look forward to the nominations."
Barry Willis, rugby operations manager at Ulster Rugby, added: "We are very excited to launch the fifth year of SONI's Real Rugby Heroes. Volunteer reward and recognition is high on our list of priorities, so this initiative aligns perfectly with that.
"The change of competition format, to include different categories each year, provides a new opportunity to nominate volunteers who make a huge difference to the club that could have previously been overlooked.
"There are so many different and vital roles to each club that need to be recognised, not only by the club, but from the players, parents and supporters.
"We look forward to receiving this year's nominations and would like to remind everyone that previous entrants can be nominated again."
To make a nomination, visit www.ulsterrugby.com/realrugbyheroes