Cheshire RFU are pleased to announce that Gemma Schofield (Stockport RFC) and Tim Marston (Altrincham Kersal RFC) have been selected as a Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer of the Year finalist and will be attending an awards evening at Twickenham on Friday 6th August (Government restrictions permitting) . We wish them both every success in the final.

The RFU commented

“The calibre of nominations was extremely high this year and it’s been inspiring to read about the amazing work that volunteers have done over the past 12 months. To not only engage club members, but support the local community and continue to grow the game.”

Gemma Schofield Stockport RFC

Gemma organised a crowd funding campaign to raise funds for a new outside bar and seating area for the Club. The campaign was extremely successful raising £58,146, including £10,000 from Sport England as match funding to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus crisis. The new bar and outside area is complete and now fully functional. Gemma was also instrumental in helping to organise the build and the fit out”

Link to the promotional video is as follows :

Tim Marston Altrincham Kersal RFC

“Tim is always front and centre as a Chairman and if not found up on our roof repairing/sealing the entire roof area to avoid the Club having rain inside as well as outside or tiling the Clubs kitchen he can also be found on the pitch coaching Teams within the M&J set up. These are just a few on the many tasks he carries out week in week out in his own free time. When the pandemic hit Tim helped mobilise some of the Club Members to set up a community kitchen, they utilised the empty kitchen/clubhouse to prepare and deliver thousands of meals and more importantly deliver free meals to key NHS workers at Wythenshawe Hospital. This was obviously a pandemic led response but since the easing of lockdown again Tim has been instrumental in ensuring the Club is back up and running including working 10 hour shifts (again of his own free time) to make sure the bar and facilities were available to welcome back all the Clubs Members.”