UNIVERSITY RUGBY AWARDS 2020/21

Rugby has always been more than just a game and in this extraordinary season university rugby clubs have proved that more than ever. This year the Students' RFU are taking the opportunity to focus on recognising what happens off the pitch and those individuals/clubs that are bringing the core values to life. 

Two special awards have been announced for this year: the ‘Pioneers of Rugby’ Award to recognise teams’ innovative approach to tackling challenges and maximising impact across the year, and the ‘Tom Miller Award for Social Impact’ to recognise and support the legacy of the former Nottingham Trent player, who through his advocacy for the Oddballs charity raised awareness and significantly impacted both the university and wider rugby community. 

The 8 categories are:

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Core Values Club

D E S C R I P T I O N

To celebrate a University Club who have demonstrated an outstanding and consistent commitment to the values of the game. 

Reflecting on all that you have achieved, describe how the club has demonstrated outstanding and consistent commitment to any or all of the RFU Core values of; 

  • Teamwork 

  • Respect 

  • Enjoyment 

  • Discipline 

  • Sportmanship 

 
Nominations should give specific details of;  

  • What has taken place 

  • Who has been involved 

  • The impact it has had  

  • How diversity and inclusion has been considered and embedded in the club’s activity 

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Pioneers of Rugby 2020-21  

D E S C R I P T I O N

To recognise the unique and innovative ways in which clubs have addressed the challenges and maximised their impact across the year. 

Nominations should give specific details of; 

 

  • Name of nominated committee/club/institution etc 

  • What has taken place and how it enabled you to overcome adversity 

  • Who has been involved 

  • The impact it has had  

  • How diversity and inclusion has been considered and/or impacted in the activity

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University Staff Member (Unsung Hero) 

D E S C R I P T I O N

To celebrate the unsung members of university staff who through their role sustained the University game despite the limitations in place during the covid-19 pandemic. 

This award is intended to recognise staff members for whom rugby is not their specific focus (for example, Sport Development Officers, Facility staff, Student Union staff) but that have significantly supported your club activity (on or off the pitch) in the 2020-21 season. 

 

Nominations should give specific details of; 

  • Who is nominated and their role 

  • What they have done for you 

  • The impact it has had on your activity for the year 

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Coach – Special Recognition Award 

D E S C R I P T I O N

To celebrate a coach or coaching team that have benefitted their members wellbeing and welfare or has demonstrated innovative and creative approaches to the game during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

This nomination may be for staff (i.e. paid) or volunteer coaches (who may be students or external to the university) either individually or recognising a coaching team that have worked together. It is intended to specifically recognise the vital role that coaches have played in supporting students ‘off the pitch’ throughout the season, and the creative and innovative ways in which they have achieved this. 

 

Nominations should give specific details of; 

  • Who is nominated and their role  

  • What has taken place 

  • The impact it has had  

  • How they have contributed to cultural change within the club (related to diversity and inclusion) 

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Student Leadership  

D E S C R I P T I O N

To celebrate a University student or committee who made an outstanding contribution to the game through their commitment and endeavours in leading through rugby in their university. 

This nomination is intended for those students that have either individually or as a committee, made an outstanding contribution to the game of rugby 

 

Nominations should give specific details of;  

  • Who is nominated and their role 

  • What has taken place 

  • The leadership qualities demonstrated 

  • The impact it has had  

  • How they have contributed to cultural change within the club (related to diversity and inclusion) 

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Student Volunteer of the year (unsung Hero) 

D E S C R I P T I O N

To celebrate the unsung hero student volunteers who have made a significant contribution to the game through their volunteering. 

This nomination is intended for those students that have volunteered to support their club, teammates, or the wider student rugby community through volunteering their time.   

Nominations should give specific details of;  

  • Who is nominated and their role 

  • What has taken place 

  • The impact it has had  

  • How they have contributed to cultural change within the club (related to diversity and inclusion) 

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Tom Miller Award for Social Impact 

D E S C R I P T I O N

To recognise a club or student who has demonstrated considerable impact through charitable and awareness raising endeavours. 

This award has been created to recognise and support the legacy of Tom Miller who through his advocacy for the Oddballs charity raised awareness and significantly impacted both the university and wider rugby community.   

Nominations are sought for clubs or individuals who have demonstrated considerable impact through fund and awareness raising. It should be noted it is not simply about raising the most money! 

 

Nominations should give specific details of; 

  • Who is nominated and their role 

  • What has taken place & why 

  • The impact it has had  

  • How they have contributed to cultural change within the club (related to diversity and inclusion) 

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Vaughan Parry Williams Award for outstanding contribution to student rugby 

D E S C R I P T I O N

To recognise someone who has changed the game through their outstanding contribution to university rugby. 

This award is intended for anyone who, through their role or volunteering has made a significant contribution to administering, fostering, encouraging and extending delivery or any other aspect of university rugby across their institution and the wider University sector.  

 

Nominations should give specific details of; 

  • Who is nominated and their role 

  • What has taken place  

  • The impact it has had on student rugby 

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