A local Colne and Nelson RUFC volunteer took home the Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer of the Year award from a celebratory dinner hosted by the RFU at Twickenham.
The event was to honour grassroots rugby volunteers across the country.
Adam Padgett, a coach at Colne and Nelson, is renowned for his ability to encourage and nurture young talent in the game.
Coaching at the club for the last seven years, he has inspired a new generation of players.
His passion as a coach and role model for those he mentors has enabled more people to get involved in the game.
This passion for the game, and those he coaches, resulted in a nomination to the Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer Recognition Programme, an initiative designed to give rugby communities the opportunity to recognise the volunteers who give so much to the grassroots game.
Padgett attended the regional event earlier this year, held at the Browns of Grimsargh dealership, and was announced as their winner.
He was selected from over 1,500 nominations across the country as one of the four overall winners, and will now be able to select a Mitsubishi vehicle of his choice to drive for the year.
Lance Bradley, MD of Mitsubishi Motors in the UK said, “Volunteers are such a vital part of the game.
“The amount of work that they put in to the day-to- day running of their clubs is invaluable and these awards give us the opportunity to recognise the hard work they do.
“It’s volunteers like Adam who make the game what it is and it is an honour to be able to name him as one of our Volunteer of the Year winners.”
Padgett said on winning the award: “It’s fantastic to see an event being put on to recognise and reward volunteers for the work we do. It has been an unforgettable experience and a pleasure to accept this award on behalf of all volunteers who dedicate their time to making rugby great.”