Fantastic Recognition for Youth Section Stalwarts

Fantastic Recognition for Youth Section Stalwarts

By Martin Baker
6 April
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Jack Petchey Awards #1

These young people thoroughly deserve their recognition.
Spencer Tindale - Jack Petchey Award Coordinator

2020 : Jack Petchey Awards #1

The Jack Petchey Achievement Award is a scheme which recognises outstanding young people aged 11-25 across London and Essex. These awards are given to young people that have done something that deserves to be recognised, and rewarded and for their hard work and positive impact in their community. These awards are all about celebrating young people’s achievements – however big or small.

After working through the Foundation Tiers over the last few years, Enfield Ignatians RFC is now pleased to be in the Gold Tier and able to award up to nine of these in a year. Each young achiever is awarded a medallion, certificate and would in normal times be invited to a fantastic celebration event run by the Jack Petchey Foundation. Plus, for each award winner, the club gets a £250 grant to spend to benefit other young people in the club with new training equipment, more match shirts, extra balls and the like.

In normal times we would like to be presenting these awards at one of the Club's fantastic events, but due to the current restrictions this has not been possible for last year’s recipients. So this Easter Sunday RUDY, the club mascot, had the honour of presenting three of the nine awards won last year to three flabbergasted winners.

As we all know, it was our first Sunday back at the club in 2021 and it was a bright and warmish spring day. Coming out of the club house and making a surprise appearance starting with the U6’s Rudy toured all the age groups training to wish them a happy Easter but more importantly to deliver the first 3 awards to three very deserving Enfield Ignatians Players.

More of the awards will follow in the coming Sundays, but please take the time to read the commendations below and congratulate them next time you pass them on the playing field.

Ryan – U13s
Ryan only joined EIRFC in the 2019-20 season after starting secondary school at St Ignatius College. He took part in some rugby sessions that the club ran at the school and decided to take up the sport and joined the club.

Since his arrival Ryan has been a big part of the team.

He is a very kind and respectful young man who not only gives 100% effort during training but also keeps the mood of the team up with his funny sense of humour.

He has also helped the club with our recruitment drive bringing a number of other boys along from his school to give rugby a try and is our team ambassador for the club in his school age group.

Ender – U12s
Ender joined EIRFC at the start of the U11 season after looking for a way to get fitter.

Ender and his younger sister had challenged themselves to complete the three peaks challenge but due to weather and his fitness levels, he had failed to climb Snowdon.

Having joined on the 3rd week of the season in the first match of the season, he dedicated himself to the team and his own personal goal. As the season went on, Ender was one of only two boys to have a 100% attendance throughout the season, attending every match, Sunday and midweek training session.

Having never played rugby, by the time Lockdown came, he was always one of the first names when putting the teams together and his fitness was significantly better.

Liked by all his teammates, Ender is the quiet big lad that makes an even bigger impact on the field. His dedication and willingness to learn meant that he ran a close 2nd for the coaches' player of the year award.

As soon as lockdown restriction were eased, Ender and his sister went off to complete their self-set challenge and in the space of a week climbed not only Scarfell, but the mountain that defeated them, Snowdon. Both climbs where done in full club kit and Ender held up a placard for a photo, that thanked his coaches and teammates.

Niamh – Tigers U15s
Niamh has been a part of the girls' section or Enfield Tiger since its inception some five years ago. She is a dedicated team player, rarely missing training or matches.

Even if carrying an injury, Niamh can be seen holding a pad or assisting the coaches in any way possible. She consistently sets an example of how to conduct yourself in a competitive environment: she has a great desire to win and is humble in victory while accepting of defeat, treating the opposition with respect.

Niamh has been selected as the captain of the U15 side, a role she has taken to well. She leads by example and is well respected by her teammates.

She has helped to promote girls' rugby at her school and readily helps out with Club sessions, assisting the younger or less experienced girls and is an outstanding role model for training and playing behaviours.

Off the field, Niamh, is one of the first to get involved with the off-field activity, if that be a talent competition entry or assisting with an event set up, again, leading by example.

An ever-smiling face that is always ready to help, learn and lead.

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