Cramlington Rockets coach nominated for BBC Unsung Hero Award

Richard Robinson, second right, with fellow coaches at Cramlington Rockets players.
Richard Robinson, second right, with fellow coaches at Cramlington Rockets players.

One of Cramlington Rockets’ volunteer coaches has been shortlisted for a prestigious award.

Richard Robinson, head coach of the club’s U13s, has been recognised for his efforts in 2015 by being shortlisted for the region’s BBC Unsung Hero Award.

The year saw unprecedented growth of the club’s U13s, resulting in the formation of two teams to cope with the surge in numbers.

Robinson worked tirelessly to oversee this process and ensure all players enjoyed being a part of the growing set up.

As well as introducing countless children to rugby league, he saw the U13s Orange team lift the League Leaders Shield after a successful season.

Speaking of his nomination, he said: “I was stunned. I started coaching as a parent wanting to help out, but gained so much.

"It is so rewarding seeing players develop and love rugby league, and being part of the Rockets family who all work so hard to allow kids to enjoy the great game is just fantastic.

"As a volunteer, it is humbling that others have seen the work we do, appreciate it and have taken the time to nominate me.”

Rockets chairman Jeff Ball said: “We are incredibly proud of Richard and he is the perfect example of what a volunteer can achieve."

If successful, Robinson will join the winners from the other regions at the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year programme, held in Belfast and broadcast live on the BBC on Sunday, December 20.

The BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero award has been running since 2003 and recognises the remarkable achievements of people throughout the UK.

Robinson will attend the Tyne and Wear ceremony at Silksworth Community Pool, Tennis and Wellness Centre in Sunderland on Wednesday, November.