Waid’s Dyce weighs in on volunteer award

The BT Volunteer of the Month award for October has been won by Richard Dyce, a jack of all trades from Anstruther based club, Waid Academy FP.

Richard Dyce

The engineer, who plies his trade locally, has been involved at the club since he was a youth player and was delighted to be recognised for his off-field efforts.

Dyce, said: “It’s the reward, not the awards, that you put the hours in for, but I’m glad to have been nominated and to have won BT Volunteer of the Month.”

The 44-year-old dabbles in everything from coaching at micro and mini level, through to organising the annual veterans' tour to London.

“I don’t really have an official title for my role in the club. I’m just the guy that everyone goes to if they need something done, as they know that I’ll make it happen”, he added.

Having coached at minis level since 1991, when he was still a player himself, he continues to help with the youth section whether in a coaching or organising capacity. The Level 1 referee, has also been known to step in and officiate school games.

The former club captain also organises an annual minis tournament, and has established links with nearby club Panmure, to help strengthen the youth section.  

“I try not to live at the club, but sometimes it seems that way”, he said in jest.

“The greatest reward for me is seeing boys progressing through the club’s youth system and into the senior sides.

“In such a small place like Anstruther, player retention is a big problem for us, but we have realised that growing the youth section will bear fruit for the senior club in years to come.

“We hope that even if boys don’t continue to play rugby, they can take life lessons away from the game to help them with their personal progression.”

Richard also finds time to help out at the club bar and to secure sponsorship deals with local businesses, ensuring the sustainability of Waid Academy FP.

He concluded: “All the hours and all the hard work is more than worthwhile when you see people of all ages enjoying their rugby.”

In winning the BT Volunteer of the Month award for October, Richard will receive a table-of-ten at the annual Scottish Rugby Club Awards Dinner at BT Murrayfield on Friday 29 May 2015 and a commemorative trophy.

Nominations for the BT Volunteer of the Month award for November are now being taken at www.scottishrugby.org/clubnominations.