A youth rugby volunteer has snapped up the October RBS Club Volunteer of the Month award.
At the beginning of the season Scottish Rugby and principal partner, RBS, revealed a new format for the popular monthly trophy introduced in 2011. Each month there is a specific category for which clubs can nominate their volunteers. This month youth volunteers were sought to be rewarded.
Lee Anne Steel of Livingston Rugby Club is the winner, for her fantastic efforts at this level as a coach, manager, chair, referee and cook.
In her role at the club Lee Anne has made sure the youth section is fully integrated with the entire club, with players involved on match days as ball boys and guards of honour. She has also purchased portable floodlights for the club to improve training.
Steel, who has been in involved at Almond Park for over 20 years, has four children playing rugby, Jack, Ewan, Aaron and Blair and husband Graham plays for the first XV and is their forwards coach.
She said: “There is a real family feel at Livingston. We have three generations of the Steel family involved just now. We basically live at the club!
“I’m delighted to win this award. It is great that youth rugby is being recognised in this way.
“We have a very strong section at Livingston with lots of willing coaches. I’m hoping we’ll see some of the youth players we’re coaching now, playing for Scotland at Murrayfield one day.”
For November volunteers involved with women's and girl's rugby could be in with a chance of winning the trophy, with nominations being taken at www.scottishrugby.org now.
As well as the trophy for her mantelpiece Lee Anne will receive a table of ten for the annual Scottish Rugby Club Awards dinner next May.