TEENAGER Emily Shotbolt became the first female to win a major award at Redditch Rugby Club when she scooped the Club Person of the Season accolade.
The Kingfishers handed out numerous awards at the end of season presentation evening, including Emily’s honour which recognised her work promoting the club as part of the RFU’s O2 Touch initiative.
Emily, who has organised events, recruited for national competitions, arranged fund-raising evenings and helped organise club dinners, has also been nominated for a RFU National Volunteers Award.
Newly-appointed Redditch RFC president Brian Carr said: “We are immensely proud of Emily and what she has done for the club. Her commitment and tireless enthusiasm is an inspiration to all associated with her – the seniors, juniors and Queenfishers ladies sections alike.
“Although the men’s season has now finished, she continues to work by promoting a new rounders and O2 Touch Rugby initiative which began earlier this month.”
Numerous club ties were presented to players for 16 or more first team appearances, whilst flowers and other gifts were given to worthy recipients.
Between the hugs and tears, the main awards were presented as follows:
Club Person of the Season – Emily Shotbolt.
Player of the Season – Mark Green.
Young Player of the Season – Mike Adams.
Most Improved Player – Stu Hope.
First team Players’ Player of the Season – Gareth Davies.
Rhino Award – Simon Fitzpatrick.
Andy Carr Above and Beyond Award – Steve Hindson.
Exiles Player of the Season – Micky Jarrett.
Second team Player of the Season – Ryan Hodgkins.
Second team Players’ Player of the Season – Josh Kearney.