College Coach Named As Sports Volunteer Of The Year

Rob Jones, who was recently appointed as the new Rugby League Coach at East Durham College, has been awarded the Gateshead 'Sports Volunteer of the Year' 2010.

The award was presented to Rob by the Mayor of Gateshead, Councillor Michael Hood, as part of Gateshead Council’s inaugural Sports Award Ceremony - held to recognise the achievement, dedication and hard work of key people, teams and schools across the Borough.

The ceremony was held at the Gateshead Civic Centre, on Friday 15th October 2010, and attended by a host of sporting stars, volunteers, clubs and national governing bodies.

The 'Sports Volunteer of the Year' is awarded to someone who has shown great levels of commitment and personal development through their involvement in sport as a volunteer over the past 12 months.

Jade Mackie, North East Volunteer Coordinator for the Rugby Football League, said: “Rob has shown huge amounts of commitment and dedication to Gateshead Storm over the past 12 months and to rugby league for many years.

“In 2010 Rob has not only been involved with Gateshead Storm he was also the Chair of North East Rugby League, coached on the North East Regional Talent Centre’s programme, coached Newcastle University and the North East Student Rugby League Representative Squad. He has also just started his new job as East Durham Community Coach working at the fantastic East Durham College in Peterlee.

“It is due to volunteers like Rob that Rugby League in the North East is continually growing and improving.”

Rob added: “'I was extremely surprised to have received the award and I feel it is recognition for all the hard work in rugby league I’ve been involved with over the last 15 years. The evening was a great experience and Gateshead Council should be very proud of the event.

“As both Gateshead Storm and Gateshead Thunder were present at the event I feel it highlights just how much Rugby League has grown within the North East.”