Hull KR and Hudgell Solicitors come together for Inaugural Hudgell Community Awards

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Hull KR and Hudgell Solicitors come together for Inaugural Hudgell Community Awards

Hull KR was delighted to partner with platinum partners, Hudgell Solicitors for the inaugural Hudgell Community Awards. Presented at halftime during the Robins’ game against Catalans, the awards recognised the dedicated volunteers and community champions who go above and beyond to serve grassroots rugby league and their communities. 

The awards received over 100 nominations with representatives from the RFL, Hull KR and Hudgell Solicitors making up the judging panel, with one winner from each category chosen. Each category winner received a trophy and cheque of £1,000 for rugby kit and equipment for their chosen club. 

Women in League Winner – Megan Mills 

Megan is the only female referee currently in Hull. Having played just over a season for the Hull KR Girls, Megan decided playing wasn’t for her, but as she loves the game, took a referring course and has never looked back. She took part in an interview for International Women’s Week this year talking about her love of officiating and why girls should join and is now going from strength to strength. She was recently a part of the first-ever all-female officiating team at a male BARLA Yorkshire Cup Final. 

 Junior Volunteer of the Year Winner – Drew Docherty

Drew has been recognised for his role in promoting his local club Hull Dockers to grow the grassroots game. At school level, he has led his year group, garnering new players to ensure they can field a team. He has also shown commitment to the years below by leading training and practice sessions, encouraging current and new players to participate.

Drew also trains and plays for the year above team, ensuring that they can fulfill fixtures. He is always happy and smiling, wants to learn and passes on this love of the sport to anyone he comes into contact with. 

Coach of the Year Winner – Paul Hussey

The sheer volume of nominations for Paul shows just what a contribution he has made. As one nominee put without Paul Hussey they would be no Hull Dockers under 9s team. Nominees highlighted his ability to developing players by making the sport fun for children, and his dedication to ensuring every child is involved in training and on match day.
As a coach he is described as being warm, friendly and someone who goes above and beyond for the players, always putting them and their families first.  

Paul has also been recognised for his work and passion for developing the girl’s game. He has a crop of 10 girls that represent at under 9’s level and has been able to field an all-girls team and continues to do so.   

Outstanding Contribution to Rugby League Winner – Alan Parker

For decades, Alan has been known by all involved in the community and indeed the professional game as Hull’s Mr Rugby League. In his role with the Hull & District governing body he has led both the Open Age and Youth leagues, and during his younger years he was an active referee and in his later years was a referee’s assessor for the RFL.

His calm, fair and always respected input into the day-to-day running of all competitions and clubs within the Hull and surrounding District has seen tens of thousands of players, coaches, administrators and volunteers come under his influence and guidance.  He has guided the city through both good and difficult periods, always with a smile on his face and one eye on his beloved Hull KR.  

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