Scottish Rugby and RBS, our principal partner, have chosen the first Club Volunteer of the Month for the new season, having sought to find and reward a dedicated groundsman in September.
The winner is someone who appreciates that there’s always something to be done at a club and is willing to get stuck in.
Since retiring a year ago, after working with BP in Grangemouth, John Grant, 59, has been enthusiastic about ensuring the grounds at Falkirk Rugby Club are prepared to the highest standard.
In September he specifically stepped up to the plate when, given two days notice, he prepared the pitches for Marr to play on following the fire at their club, in Ayrshire. This is a fantastic example of Scottish Rugby’s values of engagement and respect.
Grant, a former prop at the Sunnyside club, is the second member at Falkirk to receive an award for his groundsmanship. He joins Bill Arkley who was the inaugural winner of RBS Club Volunteer of the Month back in September 2011.
Grant said: “It’s fantastic to win this award, thank you very much to Scottish Rugby and RBS.
“I’ve been helping Bill Arkley with the pitch for a year now, but I also know if I go down to the club early enough on a Saturday there’ll always be something to do, be it setting up the pitch kit, running the line or putting up a marquee.
“I’m also the fixture and referee secretary at the club, a role I have held for over 31 years, so I arrange the matches and officials for the games and I help out coaching the under-16 team.”
In winning the award Grant receives a table of ten at the annual Scottish Rugby Club Awards Dinner next May and a trophy.
Nominations are being taken for the October RBS Club Volunteer of the Month, this time the focus is on mini and youth organisers. Visit www.scottishrugby.org to put forward an entry before Thursday 31 October.