Rebecca Caddell – Volunteer of the Year finalist

Back in 2012, Rebecca Caddell was asked to help out at Brynamman Rugby Club and set about re-establishing the Junior section.

Not content with just the one team – she started up four!

“It all snowballed and I ended up doing a bit more and more – and here I am” she laughs.

Five years on, and the junior section of the club is thriving – thanks, in main, to Rebecca’s commitment.

Despite having the neurological condition Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and a part-time job, she gives up a huge amount of her spare time for the club.

“I do all the background stuff really, hotdogs in the café on a Sunday to contacting other clubs” she explains. “It’s a lot of work, but everyone rallies together and does a great job” adds Rebecca.

Her roles include Fixtures Secretary, Catering at home games and Fundraiser – all challenging, but crucial parts to the success of any sports club.

She says that seeing the children’s faces on a Sunday makes it all worthwhile.

“We are like one big family – it’s unbelievable how people come together on and off the pitch” she adds.

Rebecca is very aware of the community she volunteers in.

She was nominated for the way in which listens to, cares and gets to know the families – recognising their physical capabilities, financial restrictions and social status.

She always wants to help, and even established a ‘kit bank’ to discreetly re-use training clothing outgrown by the older kids, so that the younger ones with challenging financial situations can make use of them.

Rebecca’s hard work doesn’t go unnoticed in the close-knit community.

“We’re a little village at the edge of the black mountains and there’s not a lot around” she says. Adding: “I do it for the kids.”