VOLUNTEERS have been presented with a right royal reward for 26 years of being good sports.
Blyth’s youth rugby club was among more than 100 organisations nationwide to be named as one of this year’s winners of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service back in June, and it picked up its prize last week.
The handover of a certificate signed by the Queen and a crystal trophy was held at Alnwick Castle.
The club was given the award for encouraging children to get involved in sport.
Club chairman Max Proud was presented with the award by the Duchess of Northumberland, Jane Percy.
“It is a great privilege to be recognised for all the hard work that the volunteers have put in over the years,” he said.
“My thanks go to everyone connected with the club as, without them, we would not be here tonight.
“We hope that this work continues for many more years to come, and that we can build upon our reputation.”
Iain Moffat, the vice lord lieutenant of Northumberland, said: “Blyth youth rugby club is an exceptional and inspirational example of a successful, dynamic and entirely volunteer-led group dedicated to enhancing the live of young people through active participation in sport.”