New format for RBS Volunteer of the Month award

The RBS monthly awards are all about recognising the hard work and achievements of both clubs and individuals.

Winners of the 2012/13 RBS Club, Volunteer and Try monthly awards gather at Murrayfield for the annual Club Awards DinnerEvery month, RBS and Scottish Rugby ask the rugby community to nominate worthy recipients of the RBS Club, Club Volunteer and Try of the Month awards. Putting forward a club, volunteer or score couldn’t be simpler – all you need to do is head to www.scottishrugby.org/clubs-schools/nominations and provide some basic details. For the RBS Try of the Month award, we’ll also need some footage of the score.

Since the RBS Club Volunteer of the Month award launched in 2011, a host of volunteers have been recognised for how well they keep the plates spinning at clubs all over Scotland. They’ve all had a great story to tell of care and commitment to their club, and in season 2013/14 we want to get to know and reward even more volunteers.

We’re introducing specific monthly categories to identify the key roles in club life and thank those who carry them out to the highest standards. For example, in September, we’re focussing on groundsmen and women. Clubs up and down the country place great importance on the standard of their pitches – there wouldn’t be a game without a decent track to play it on! We want to hear about the people who create the stage for the players to strut their stuff.

Nominate Now!

If you know a groundsman or woman who goes above and beyond to give their club a pitch (or pitches) to be proud of, nominate them today at www.scottishrugby.org/clubs-schools/nominations. It’ll only take a few minutes, but you could make their month! All nominations must be received by 30 September. A panel from RBS and Scottish Rugby will then meet to evaluate the entries.

In future months, we’ll be on the trail of outstanding youth and mini organisers; women and girls organisers; reserve team organisers; fundraisers; caterers and medics. The April award will be left open for nominations from all walks of club life, so that we don’t miss anyone out.

All monthly winners will be in with a chance of being named RBS Club Volunteer of the Season, an award claimed by Allan Wilson (Irvine) in 2012 and Andy Jackson (Bishopton) the previous year. Each monthly winner gets a table of ten at the end of season Club Awards, where the overall seasonal winner is announced.

The same goes for winners of RBS Club of the Month, who also each receive a £1,000 grant. Nominations for RBS Club of the Month are assessed on the basis of how the club are doing in terms of on-field performance, discipline and efforts to grow the game. The nomination process is straightforward, so head to www.scottishrugby.org/clubs-schools/nominations and let us know where you think we should be looking!

Closing date for September awards - Monday 30 September

Winners of RBS Try of the Month each receive two tickets to a Scotland home international (to be decided by RBS). In an effort to reward those who supply the footage, RBS will also give two Scotland tickets to whoever provides the shots of each winning try. Full information on how to get involved is at www.scottishrugby.org/clubs-schools/nominations.

Remember – the deadline for nominations for September’s RBS Club, Club Volunteer and Try of the Month is 30 September so get nominating today!