ALAN SKINNER, a loyal servant of Tunbridge Wells Rugby Club for more than half a century, has received a prestigious county award for his services to the sport.
Mr Skinner was presented with the Kent President’s Award at the Kent County Rugby Football Union’s [RFU] annual awards dinner at the Shepherd Neame Comedy Store in Faversham.
This event recognises the work of the leading volunteers in the county, who represent some 2,000 people who give their time to clubs throughout Kent free of charge.
The dinner, which was attended by 80 guests, has become a very popular one in the county calendar and is a model for a number of other counties’ RFUs.
The President’s Award represents the pinnacle of the evening, when an outstanding contribution to the game is rewarded with this lifetime achievement award.
Fittingly, Alan received the accolade from the County RFU Chairman, Roger Clarke, who is also the town club’s President.
Alan has been a member at Tunbridge Wells for over 50 years, during which time he has represented the 1st XV as a feisty hooker, has carried out roles as team secretary, bar manager, 100 Club organiser, Vice Presidents’ administrator, fundraiser and respected club ambassador.
Mr Clarke said: ‘The shortlist this year was from a really high-quality field.
‘On the night, despite the other nominees having some excellent credentials, Alan’s feats for the Wells could not be beaten.’
The shortlist this year also included Dawn Waters from Medway Rugby Club and Alan Farmer of Old Elthamians.
Tunbridge Wells Chairman John Crees added: ‘We are delighted that a lifetime of service to our club has been recognised by Kent County RFU and we congratulate Alan on his achievement.’
The categories also include contributors to juniors, men’s and women’s rugby, young ambassador of the year, student volunteer, mini rugby and the Spirit of Rugby award.
‘Despite the other nominees having some excellent
credentials, Alan’s feats for the Wells could not be beaten’
PICTURE: EARN YOUR STRIPES Alan Skinner (left) is presented with the trophy by Roger Clarke