Highbridge rugby coach wins sports volunteering award
local rugby coach from Highbridge has received a top award for
Gareth Waterfield, who lives in Highbridge and works at Hugh Sexey
Middle School, has been recognised for his work as a rugby coach
for Winscombe RFU, and also as a Somerset County rugby coach.
has won the President's People Power Award in the coaches category
from the RFU.
was nominated by a parent from the Winscombe club and was backed
by the club and also by Somerset County Rugby Head coach.
nomination reads: "He is an exceptional coach who establishes
an amazing rapport with the players. His work with both girls
and boys rugby from U13 upwards is astonishing."
his guidance, individual players grow in confidence and develop
in the most positive way. He has tremendous energy and is hugely
generous in the time he devotes to young people in rugby."
was invited up to Twickenham at the weekend where he was treated
to a champagne reception, and a three course meal where the award
winners were announced by the President of the RFU, Jason Leonard.
said he was shocked to hear he'd won and said: "This is the
best award I have won in my coaching career."
had his photo taken on the pitch with the other winners at half-time
of the England v Wales game, and was one of two winners selected
to give a pitch side interview during the half time entertainment
which was screened throughout the stadium of nearly 82,000 people.
has also had success with coaching rugby teams at Hugh Sexeys
where the girls Under 13 team have made it to the national finals
four years in a row which gave the girls the chance to play on
the hallowed turf at Twickenham. The boys team also made it to
the Somerset Cup finals this year.
Top, President of the RFU, Jason Leonard, with Gareth and, above,
gareth being interviewed at half time