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Your News QBE President's XV Award adds to Liverpool St Helens haul

WHEN Liverpool St Helens RFC decided to make a very positive investment in their youth section by inviting members of their Under 15 team to form a Youth Activity Group, they could not have imagined how quickly the initiative would bear fruit.

But just a year down the road from that meeting between six youngsters and volunteer workers Linda Lane and Ged Phoenix, the club is preparing to collect the latest award in a highly-productive season – a QBE RFU President’s XV Award in the Young Volunteer category.

The LSH Youth Activity Group project was one of nearly 300 projects evaluated in 15 categories nationwide which ranged from recruiting volunteers to developing facilities and embraced some extremely innovative and creative thinking.

The group got together to give young people a voice in the LSH operation and provide activities and opportunities for other young people within the club and the wider community.

From that initial meeting, the group set out to manage their own affairs, formed their own committee, produced their own constitution and refurbished the club Committee Room as a dual purpose room with LCD TV’s, DVD Player, Playstation, Wii, pool table, ice hockey table and tuck shop. This is their room where youngsters at the club can meet and relax. With members aged from 15 to 18 there are now almost 30 boys and girls involved.

News of the QBE President’s XV recognition, of course, has come in a season when accolades have been showering down on the club and it was a mark of that success that Saturday, April 16, 2011, the date chosen for John Owen, the Immediate Past President of the RFU, to visit Moss Lane and make the formal presentation, had already been ear-marked for another celebration.

The club were recently represented at Twickenham to collect their plaque for being one of the top 50 clubs in the country to achieve the RFU Whole Club seal of Approval status, LSH Junior Section volunteer Gary Bennett collected an RBS Real Rugby Hero Award for his work with LSH girls rugby, the senior side still has a chance of reaching the Promotion Play-offs if they can win their final game of the season against Altrincham Kersal and other results are favourable and the Mayor and Mayoress of St Helens, Coun Neil and Mrs Virginia Taylor, were also visiting to acknowledge the great work the youngsters have been doing at the club.

“These youngsters are tremendous” said President Ray French, who recently added to the upbeat mood when he collected an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. “They have done everything for themselves and clearly enjoy what they do. They are getting everyone involved in helping run the club and we are very proud of them”.

In keeping with the youth focus, two children of Linda Lane and Ged Phoenix will receive the award from John Owen, and a cheque for £500.

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