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Beverley women’s rugby coach in line for award

A Beverley woman has been nominated for a prestigious Volunteer of the Year Award for her work as a rugby volunteer and her dedication to the game.

Emma Bryans has been coaching the ladies and girls at Beverley RUFC for the past year. She started out with very little knowledge of the game but her willingness to learn and adapt quickly has helped her become a fully-qualified level two coach and referee in less than twelve months.  

The awards are part of the Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer Recognition Programme, which provides grassroots rugby clubs and the rugby community with opportunities to recognise and reward the volunteers who make up such an integral part of the game. 

Emma’s involvement started after her husband, Alan, began coaching at the club. He told us: “All of our boys play rugby. We ended up at the club because it was the closest when we moved back from Germany, where I was in the Forces. We had lots of girls that used to play when we ran the rugby club in Germany and upon return to UK we were surprised at the lack of females at the UK clubs.”

He continued: “We started girls and ladies rugby in January last year and with my work commitments Emma quickly become the coach as I couldn’t commit enough time.”

Emma gives up as much time as she can for the girls and offers them as many opportunities as she can. Two of the girls are currently on the Young Match Officials program with the RFU, three have completed the Old Mutual Wealth Kids First Refereeing course and four have completed the Scrum factory CPD.

The club’s Under 15 girls have competed in the Yorkshire Cup & the National Cup and with the support from Emma they have grown in confidence and are now doing things they never thought they would do.  

Emma is also running a Inner Warrior event next Wednesday (April 25)  to grow the number of ladies and girls playing at Beverley.

She is one of a select group of rugby volunteers in the area invited to attend an awards event held at Hull Mitsubishi, when one volunteer will be announced as a Volunteer of the Year finalist – earning them a place at the Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer of the Year Awards night at Twickenham Stadium on Friday September 7. Three overall winners will be announced on the evening and each one will receive a Mitsubishi car for a year as a thank you for their continued support of the game.