Within his role as Game Finder over the last year, Reuben has brought 24 players to Crewe and Nantwich RUFC, playing in the club’s second and third teams this season, as well as helping our Cheshire-based men’s rugby union club finish the first half of their season at the top of their BUCS league!
Off the pitch, Reuben is also one of six members from the MMU club who helped facilitate two tag rugby events with over 300 children from years 3 to 6, and a year 7 development day at Manchester RFC with five schools attending!
So, over to Reuben to tell us a little bit more about what he’s been up to!
What volunteering activities have you been involved in since September 2015?
Since September 2015 I’ve taken part in several rugby festivals with years 3,4,5 and 6. I have also done some coaching in local youth leagues. Along with this, I have ensured there is a constant link between Crewe and Nantwich RUFC and with the university rugby team. Within the last term, I have also taken part in leading the O2 Touch rugby at university allowing even more people to get involved with sport.
Why did you initially get involved in volunteering at MMU sport? What were your motivations?
I got involved because I enjoyed coaching and found it fun. Taking part in helping and giving back to the community is a great joy. My other motivation was to improve myself as a person and to take part in something I love.
What have you gained from volunteering at MMU?
The main thing I have gained is a wider knowledge base about rugby and coaching. I have now also passed my level 2 coaching course in rugby union meaning I can fully coach a club team. Along with this, I managed to get three separate volunteering awards, which I am extremely proud about. Apart from that, volunteering has just been a massive confidence boost and has definitely made me into a more outgoing person.
Has there been a standout event/ moment from the year?
My stand out moment would be winning a trip to Twickenham to watch England vs Ireland during the six nations from doing volunteering. It was all expenses included and I even got to meet most of the England team whilst having our post-match dinner!
What would say to someone who is thinking about volunteering?
I would highly recommend it. Volunteering opens a ton of opportunities for you and networking with people who can most definitely help you once you have finished university.
What does winning this award mean to you and how will it help you in the future?
Winning this award still has not hit me. I am so grateful for everything the university has done for me and how supporting they are for all volunteers. It has really opened up opportunities for my further career and I cannot wait to do more volunteering next year!