When Reuben Mitchell left home in the Isle of Wight for Manchester Metropolitan University in Cheshire (MMUC) his local Community Rugby Coach, Rich Freeman, pointed him towards Crewe & Nantwich RUFC. Reuben turned out regularly for the club’s second and third teams, as well as enjoying an unbeaten season with his university team, gaining promotion from their league.

universityReuben has been even more impressive off the field as the University Game Finder for MMUC, and was instrumental in recruiting 24 players for Crewe & Nantwich, who were able to fulfil all of their league fixtures. Four MMU players started in the 1st and 2nd teams in the opening games of the 2016-2017 season three weeks before the students were due to return!

Joint training sessions see both the club and university squads enjoy sessions under the guidance of Andy Dudley, Crewe & Nantwich club coach, and Oli Buckley, MMU men’s coach (a former MMU student and a current C&N RUFC player).

Thanks to Reuben, the MMU 5th 15, or Dabbers, took part in a Friday Night Under Lights Festival of Rugby that gave at least six retired or lapsed club players the opportunity to play again. Reuben helped organise O2 Touch at MMUC, encouraged six of his MMUC team mates to take part in the community engagement programme and supported local schools festivals.

In recognition of their outstanding volunteering, Reuben and four of his student colleagues were given subsidies to gain their Level 2 Coaching Award. They will now provide even greater assistance.