Name: Jon Monaghan
Telephone: 07728 407209
Name: Donna Fielder
Telephone: 07934 637359
Your CB Volunteer Coordinators are Jon Monaghan and Donna Fielder. Jon lives in Weymouth and Donna likes in Chippenham, both have spent time as CVC’s in their clubs and have completed the RFU Leadership Acadamy. They both understand that recruiting and retaining volunteers is hard work, challenging, enjoyable and productive. We have had the opportunity to met some of you in person at conferences, at the RFU Leadership Academy and the Volunteer Recognition evenings. Many of you may not know who we and what we can do to help. Last year a survey was competed to see what the role of CVC looks like in Dorset & Wilts RFU and to identify what clubs want from our role and identify some of the problems they have. The survey was not designed as an in-depth piece of work and simply identified the support clubs want from the CB in relation to volunteering and the problems they are experiencing.
Having been a CVC at a Dorset & Wilts club we are fully aware of the value of volunteers and the work they do. To support the Dorset & Wilts clubs we need to know who has problems, who wants help and in what capacity. We have some ideas of our own but realise that a lot of you also have good ideas and practice that need to be shared where possible. If you would like to make a suggestion, arrange a visit to your club or just have a chat to explore what support is available please make contact with us.
Dorset & Wilts RFU recognises that Volunteers play an essential role in providing safe, enthusiastic and successful clubs. As CB Volunteer Coordinators, we are keen to support Club Volunteer Coordinators in valuing and rewarding volunteers. In the coming years, we would like to assist in further improvement of Club and CB volunteer recognition, development and most importantly recruitment.
In 2016 Dorset & Wilts RFU recognised volunteers in 4 areas; from 2017 we have been recognising volunteer work in 9 areas with awards. This is the vision of the future and includes:
- Volunteer of the Year
- Volunteer of the Year in Mini & Youth
- Administrator of the Year
- Volunteer of the Year in Ladies’ & Girls
- Young Volunteer of the Year
- Outstanding Achievement Award
- Groundsman of the Year
- Referee of the YearCVC of the Year
- CVC of the Year
We hope to help share good practices and support CVC’s in developing their own award ceremonies which then feed into the county awards. The Dorset & Wilts recognition awards are not instead of club awards and are an addition.
Clubs have been invited to make Nominations in the areas above, this year eight clubs, the CB and the RDO’s nominated. This means less than 25% of clubs have accessed this facility.
We hope this will increase in the coming years and become a celebration of volunteering and social event at the end of the season.
RFU - Volunteer Recognition Opportunities
Volunteers are one of the most valuable assets of a rugby organisation. They offer time, effort and expertise and deserve to be recognised and rewarded for their hard work. By entering a volunteer at your grassroots rugby club, referee society, school, college or university into the Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer Recognition Programme, you are giving them the chance to be acknowledged with a wide range of unique opportunities. From watching Eddie Jones’ England team train at the Mitsubishi Motors training facility at Pennyhill Park, to being invited to attend a recognition lunch hosted by the RFU President at Twickenham Stadium, to receiving an item from the range of Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer Recognition Programme gifts, the programme is the perfect way to say thank you.
Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer of the Year Awards
Nominations for the Volunteer of the Year Awards have now closed. However, you can visit the England Rugby Website for more information on how to nominate a volunteer for the wide range of other Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer Recognition Programme opportunities.
Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer Gift Range
Dedicated volunteers who have made a contribution to rugby can be nominated to receive a Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer Recognition Programme gift item of recognition, chosen by the person who nominates them. Gifts range from beanie hats to umbrellas, sports flasks to hoodies and much more, and are a unique token of appreciation to say thank you to the thousands of unsung heroes that ensure that the game continues to thrive.
Nominations for the Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer gift range are open to all clubs.
You can nominate a volunteer who deserves a gift of recognition all year round by submitting the nomination form on the RFU website.
Mitsubishi Motors Pre-Match Hospitality
Up to 200 volunteers will be invited to attend the Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer Recognition Programme hospitality in Twickenham’s bustling West Fan Village ahead of every England home fixture during the NatWest 6 Nations 2018 where they will be hosted and can enjoy food and drink alongside fellow volunteers.
Nominations are solely for volunteers who already possess a match ticket.
Exclusive Volunteer Recognition and Reward Experiences
Each Constituent Body has the opportunity to nominate volunteers throughout the season to attend a money-can’t-buy Volunteer Reward Experience as a thank you for their commitment to the game.
These include an invitation to watch the England senior squad train at the Mitsubishi Motors training facility at Pennyhill Park during the NatWest 6 Nations 2018. As well as an exclusive opportunity to catch a glimpse of Eddie Jones’ England squad in training, the nominated volunteers will enjoy a three-course lunch, will have the chance to meet with a number of England players for photos and autographs.
Those nominated for a Volunteer Reward Experience by their Constituent Body also have the chance to visit the prestigious Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials in 2019. More exclusive experiences will be announced throughout 2019.
RFU President’s Value the Volunteer Lifetime Achievement Award
Rugby union has a long and proud tradition of thanking volunteers. Encouraging these traditions at clubs and Constituent Bodies helps maintain the ethos of the game we love.
Ahead of the NatWest 6 Nations each Constituent Body will be invited to nominate an exceptional volunteer to attend an England home fixture with a guest of their choice. The selected volunteers will receive a behind-the-scenes tour of Twickenham Stadium before enjoying lunch with the RFU President in the Spirit of Rugby Hospitality Suite ahead of watching the game. Each volunteer and their guest will also be invited to the post-match function where they will have dinner with the RFU President along with receiving a pair of engraved crystal glasses and bottle of champagne for their hard work and dedication to the game.
Recruiting new volunteers is an endless task for all CVC’s, but we must also keep one eye on the future and succession planning is a vital part of the recruitment process. Often, we become stayed and our clubs stagnate with the same people doing the same jobs the same way year after year. Succession planning will help to avoid burn out in volunteers and changes club officials around to give willing volunteers the opportunity to get involved and bring their skills.
Young rugby ambassador scheme
Being part of the Young Rugby Ambassador programme gives you the opportunity to gain recognition for your involvement in supporting rugby – there are countless ways to get involved, and valuable benefits including learning professional skills and stash.
Who can be a YRA?
Anybody aged 14-25 and wants to support rugby in their local area. This can be at your club, school, college, university or within your community - wherever you feel you can contribute. You can be with a group of mates or just on your own supported by your club, tutor, teacher or committee.
You can decide how often and for how long you help out. It could be refereeing a match once a week or helping out at an event once a year. There’s a huge variety of ways to support rugby in your area, from managing a club’s social media to coaching minis and juniors.
Both Jon and Donna are willing to support clubs in developing the YRA schemes for yourselves and have a presentation that can be delivered on request.