A young player and coach from Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club has won the prestigious Eastern Counties Rugby Union’s Young Ambassador award.
Ollie Deeming, aged 19, who has been a member at the club for six years, has given up hours of his free time to coach the Vixens, ladies’ under-18s side, as well as run and coach the hugely successful O2 Touch rugby programme.
In addition, Deeming is employed by the club as assistant groundsman. Before this role he had given up his time to help mow the pitches during the off season.
Due to this, the club offered him a part time role and are also supporting him with a QCF Level 2 course on Amenity and Sports Turf Maintenance.
Speaking about the accolade he said: “It was a total surprise as I didn’t know I had been nominated.
“We are largely all volunteers at the club and although I’m often told I’m doing a great job with coaching or grounds, the award makes me feel appreciated.
“I’ve really enjoyed coaching the Vixens this season and we have had a good run of friendly fixtures.”
Simon Lord, the club’s secretary, said: “Ollie is a great asset to the club. He has shown immense commitment to the club and to the sport both on and off the pitch, willing to put the hours in so that others can enjoy rugby. We couldn’t be more pleased for him by this win.”