The Competition:

On Friday 10th May the winners of the KYBO! ‘Rugby Family’ Photo Competition were announced.

We had a great supply of photos to choose from which made it particularly hard for our judges, Nick Scott, RFU Coach Development Manger and Michael Patz, RFU Match Official Development Manager.

1st Prize: Wallsend RFC ‘Mud Larks’

One Sunday after a match against a neighbouring club, U9s coach Davy Davison had the ‘sensible’ idea of suggesting that his lads make the most of the mud and play ‘Mud Angels’. This invitation was obviously a no brainer, as was Charlie Coyle’s decision to muddy-up his coach. (There’s alway one, isn’t there? ) The rest of the team then piled in to lend Charlie a helping hand.

The judges decision on this photo was unanimous. Who wouldn’t have a smile on their face when looking at this group of happy, muddy players with their coach leading by example.

2015/6 was Davy’s first season as a coach having played for Wallsend RFC the previous 4 seasons. Davy has completed Rugby Ready and Scrum Factory and plans to take Introducing Children to Rugby Union (Level 1) later this year.

Good luck Davy. He currently has 18 U9s in is squad, including one girl, and next season he hopes to grow the numbers. We’re sure he will.

2nd Prize: The London Society of Rugby Football Referees – ‘Charity Match’

This photo was taken at a charity match held at Allianz Park between the Territorial Support Group (aka Riot Police) and police officers from the London Borough of Camden. It was organised by Mark Scrutton as a way of raising money for Heidi Loughlin, a popular police officer working in Camden who was diagnosed with breast cancer.

The match officials are Mark Woodhouse, David Jones and Thomas Mahoney (Left to Right). The policeman is Craig Mackey, Deputy Commissioner of London’s Metropolitan Police Service. Allianz Park was the venue thanks to the generosity of Saracens who let the stadium be used for free.

This story behind this picture shows what a force (no pun intended) for good the ‘rugby family’ is. The London Society, the police officers, Saracens and lots of others all came together to raise the spirits of Heidi and help to fight breast cancer.

Heidi’s blog has been been doing a massive amount to raise awareness of this disease and we wish her and her family the very best.

3rd Prize: Bognor RFC – ‘Away-Day’

The man armed with the selfie stick is parent and volunteer, Richard Lindsay. U13s coach, Doug Millen is sadly out of shot at the back.

This picture was taken when Bognor U13s, parents and volunteers when to watch Quins play their final game of the season against Exeter. After the match, the kids were allowed out onto the pitch where they were given their end of season awards.

It was a great day out and this picture certainly captures the sense of fun and enjoyment that this ‘rugby family’ was having.

Doug has coached this group since they were U7s and so he has watched their progress for 7 years. A former player, he got into coaching after he got fed up with standing on the touchline watching his son. He then started to help out a bit…and then a bit more. He then went on the Rugby Ready course…and then a few more. He’s now about to start his Level 3 and next season he’ll be Assistant Coach for Bognor 1st XV.

This is what happens when former players stand on the touchline for too long….as readers will know!

A big thanks to all of you who submitted photos but didn’t win. Better luck next time!