A coach who has helped promote rugby league in south east Northumberland is to be recognised at a prestigious awards ceremony.
Steve Beaty Jnr, community manager at Cramlington Rockets, is to be honoured by Sport Newcastle at their Unsung Heroes awards night on November 10, at Northumbria University.
Steve has been an integral part of driving Cramlington Rockets since the club was founded by his father in 2000.
Having developed from a player to a coach, he is now community manager, which has seen the Rockets being named runner-up for National Club of the Year at this year’s Rugby Football League (RFL) Community Awards.
Rockets chairman Jeff Ball said: “We are incredibly proud of Steven. We have known for many years how valuable he is to the club and it is lovely that others are now seeing that.”
“If anyone deserved this award, it was Steven.”
Steve said: “I am absolutely blown away to receive this award.
““I didn’t actually realise I had won when I got the letter, I just thought I had been nominated and was really excited at that! I think I was in shock.
“Even if I had been, it means the world to me and it is really just another endorsement of this club.”
“I couldn’t do anything without all the other volunteers, the families, the players and I am incredibly grateful to all of them for giving me the opportunity to do what I do.
“Thank you too to Sport Newcastle. I cannot wait for the awards ceremony.”
For more information about Sport Newcastle or Cramlington Rockets visit www.sportnewcastle.org.uk or cramlingtonrockets.co.uk