Ex-1st Team Captain Luca Vannini won the Special Recognition Award. “This award is presented to a club member who has performed a task of outstanding quality or unusual importance to the club and which has had a major effect on the club’s success either on or off the field.”
Luca has just finished his third season as First XV Captain, leading the players during possibly the most successful period in the clubs history. He is popular and respected around the club, both on and off the field. He is willing to help in every aspect of club life, from organising equipment on match days to taking a turn behind the bar after the game. After his successes on the pitch he is now looking at how we can get more involved at committee level.
The club also received an award for Investing in People “Clubs rely on their volunteers, who are the lifeblood the day-to-day activities, whether at training or on match days. Having multiple sections can put a strain on finding additional volunteers to ensure all teams and the general club organisation continues to function effectively. Investing in volunteers is sometimes not given enough priority. Chiswick has worked hard over the last couple of years to engage and develop new volunteers, now even more important since they have introduced mini rugby to the club and have plans to develop further with the introduction of junior rugby and hopefully a girl’s team. The focus on new volunteers has brought new parents and former players into the fold and training and investing in their personal development as well as giving them the tools and skills to carry out their role has become a high priority for this club.” Chairman Kelvin Campbell collected the award on behalf of Chiswick RFC.
New 1st Team Manager Angus Thomson also won 1st place in the Unsung Hero category for his time at Staines RFC. “The Unsung Hero award is presented to that special volunteer without whom the club or section of the club just wouldn’t operate.”
Angus has gone above and beyond the call of duty for his club. He drives the club sports therapist to away games, along with massage tables and first aid kit. As kit manager, he takes all the playing kit to the cleaners and cleans all water bottles after every training session and games. He provides support to all players. He helps write up medical notes, takes players to hospital and frequently gives up his Saturday evenings to stay with the players in hospital until relatives arrive. He has been an absolute necessity to the club during the season.