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Volunteer awards open as NSWRL says thank you

The NSWRL is pleased to announce the number of volunteers registered for the 2023 Community Rugby League season has increased by 16 per cent as the game joins celebrations for volunteers from all communities across the country as part of the annual National Volunteer Week campaign.

Already 27,026 people have registered as volunteers in 2023 to help run the game at more than 700 Rugby League clubs across the state compared to 23,253 at the corresponding time in 2022.

NSWRL Chief Executive David Trodden said that with the organisation’s recent announcement of record numbers of more than 109,000 registered participants playing Rugby League in NSW this year, the contribution and role of volunteers cannot be overstated.

“It is important that as an organisation we can continue to acknowledge our community club secretaries, presidents, coaches, referees and other officials who are among the special volunteers that make an incredible commitment to ensure Rugby League is the game for all,” Trodden said.

“In line with this week’s 2023 National Volunteer Week messaging, ‘the change makers’, our volunteers should take a moment to celebrate the role they play in making a difference and helping to drive change in the community.

“Certainly in Rugby League, our game is better and simply would not exist without volunteers, who play an important role in ensuring that all participants have an enjoyable game-day experience.”

National Volunteer Week (15-21 May 2021) is Australia’s largest annual celebration of people giving their time freely, recognising the vital support that millions of Australians provide to their communities and encourages others to consider volunteering.

The NSWRL also acknowledges and rewards the valuable contribution of our grassroots clubs and volunteers through a range of awards across all facets of the game through the prestigious annual NSWRL Community Awards, with nominations now open for the 2023 season.

The awards also acknowledge the support given by our clubs and volunteers in the wider community as well as to the Rugby League family for roles including canteen support, team management, secretaries, presidents, coaches, referees, and those devoted to inclusive and Indigenous involvement in the game.

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NSWRL Community Awards categories:
NSWRL Gordon Lowrie Volunteer of the Year - proudly supported by Ignite HQ
NSWRL Regional Volunteer of the Year - proudly supported by Ignite HQ
NSWRL Community Club of the Year - proudly supported by Steeden
NSWRL Indigenous Volunteer of the Year - proudly supported by KARI Foundation
NSWRL Inclusive Volunteer of the Year – proudly supported by What Ability
NSWRL Community Coach of the Year (Female) - proudly supported by Harvey Norman
NSWRL Community Coach of the Year (Male) - proudly supported by Ignite HQ
NSWRL Dennis Braybrook Community Official of the Year – proudly supported by MST

NSWRL Community Awards nominations will close on Monday 12 June. All finalists of the NSWRL Volunteer of the Year award will be nominated for the equivalent 2023 NRL Community Awards presented by Westpac.

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New South Wales Rugby League respects and honours the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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