Rugby volunteer Waterfield in the running for top national award

A BUSY rugby volunteer from Plymouth is in the running to win a national award.

Devonport Services and Devon RFU official Barry Waterfield has been named one of the finalists in the Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer of the Year Awards.

There will be 42 finalists from around the country who will attend a black tie event at Twickenham on September 15, where three overall winners will be selected.

Mitsubishi Motors will drive Waterfield up and back to the event in west London and put him up in a hotel.

Waterfield, who gives up a lot of his time for girls and junior rugby in the region, admitted he was totally ‘shocked’ to find out he was a national finalist.

He, along with a host of other Plymouth and Devon volunteers, were honoured at a regional awards ceremony at the Mitsubishi showroom in Brixton.

Nearly all the local clubs in Plymouth had volunteers honoured at the event. Services had two, with Kieran Leach joining Waterfield in having been nominated.

Howell Phillips (pictured with Kieran Leach), who is battling cancer, was among the others to receive a certificate as a ‘valued volunteer’.

Waterfield just thought he would be collecting a certificate like everyone else until they announced he was one of 42 national finalists.

“There were loads of people nominated and they went through the list in alphabetical order and I just thought they had missed me off for some reason,” said Waterfield.

“But then at the end they said the area winner was myself.

“I must admit, I was a bit shell-shocked. I didn’t see that coming at all.”

Waterfield had received a number of nominations. One said: “Barry works around the clock for Devonport and Devon teams. He puts infinite hours into coaching, setting fixtures, making sure players can play and get transport to game. He puts in the extra mile every time.”

Another nomination for him, read: “I have nominated Barry because he was more than just a coach to myself and all the other girls at Devonport Services. This is because he treats us fairly and we can talk to him about anything and see him as a friend or our rugby dad.

“Barry is also a good motivator and always encourages us to give our best no matter if we’re winning or losing. Barry has taught me everything I know about rugby and has never let anyone down.”

The three overall national winners will each receive a Mitsubishi car for the year.


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