Two popular volunteers at Honiton Rugby Club nominated for top award

PUBLISHED: 11:00 12 May 2018 | UPDATED: 09:23 15 May 2018

Award nominees Jason Hannay and Ally Pugh.

Award nominees Jason Hannay and Ally Pugh.

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A pair of hardworking volunteers at Honiton Rugby Football Club have been nominated for a prestigious award.

Coach Jason Hannay and safeguarding officer Ally Pugh have both made the shortlist for the Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer of the Year Awards.

As a rugby volunteer, Jason promotes and coaches rugby across all age categories.

He helps with all aspects of running the club, from support youth festivals, being a registered first-aider and getting involved with the club house extension.

Jason has been coaching for more than 13 years across juniors, seniors and ladies rugby.

He has also started new teams.

Jason said: “I am over the moon to be nominated and am looking forward to the awards evening.”

Ally has been volunteering with the club for years, originally starting as a first aider for her son’s U13 team.

Now, she acts as the club’s safeguarding officer, first aid coordinator and kitchen manager.

Ally sits on both junior and senior committees and has recently completed the HRFC RFU accreditation.

She also organised first aid training for the club volunteers - there are now 16 RFU trained first aiders and new first aid kits for each team.

She said: “I feel proud to be part of such a great club which is gaining in strength every year due to the dedication of all those involved here.”

The Volunteer of the Year Awards are part of the Mitsubishi Volunteer Recognition Programme, which provides grass roots rugby clubs and communities with opportunities to recognise and rewards volunteers who make up part of the game.

Jason and Ally are part of a select group of rugby volunteers which has been invited to the awards night at Twickenham Stadium on Friday, September 7.

Three winners will be announced on the evening and one will receive a Mitsubishi car for a year as a thank-you for their continued support of the game.

A spokesman for Honiton Rugby Football Club said: We simply could not operate without the huge time commitment and dedication of people like Jason and Ally.

“They exemplify everything you would want in a club volunteer and we are very grateful to have them.”

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