Mavericks’ Jordan named Rugby Club Volunteer of the Year

PUBLISHED: 10:00 01 September 2018

Mark Jordan, director of rugby at Brentwood club Mavericks, was named Rugby Club Volunteer of the Year at the Crabbie�s National Rugby Awards (pic Leo Wilkinson Photography)

Mark Jordan, director of rugby at Brentwood club Mavericks, was named Rugby Club Volunteer of the Year at the Crabbie�s National Rugby Awards (pic Leo Wilkinson Photography)

Leo Wilkinson Photography

Mavericks Rugby Club are celebrating after director of rugby Mark Jordan was hailed as Rugby Club Volunteer of the Year at the Crabbie’s National Rugby Awards.

Jordan fought off competition from all over the country to be nominated for the award and was picked ahead of five other finalists on the night, with the ceremony held at Twickenham Stadium.

Jordan has been involved in coaching for more than a decade, helped form Mavericks seven years ago and has been progressing things at the Brentwood club ever since.

The dedicated director can even claim something most cannot, having used his carpentry skills to renovate a clubhouse in his spare time to provide a more than suitable home.

“I guess the awards based on 16 years coaching at schools and forming the club seven years ago, being part of that,” said Jordan.

“We were playing out of a container at a school at one point and I managed to get an old disused pavilion, I managed to renovate that so the players would have somewhere to call their own really.

“They can put their pictures on the wall, have somewhere to drink and have a meal with the opposition, I guess that’s the reason I’m here today!

“I did all the carpentry work myself over the course of a summer, seven hours a week for two months, we didn’t get chance to get away that summer so my wife’s still annoyed, she likes her holidays! She’s over it now anyway!”

The Crabbie’s National Rugby Awards celebrate the best of English rugby from grassroots to the very pinnacle of the game and were created in 2015 with former England captain Chris Robshaw playing a major part.

Rugby clubs up and down the country often rely on the hard work and dedication of its volunteers and Mavericks is no different, with Jordan overseeing rapid growth over the last seven years.

Jordan added: “We started with just one team but we’ve got four now, two senior teams and two youth teams.

“We’re looking to grow and the clubhouse is instrumental to that. We want players to enjoy their rugby and enjoy the social side of it as well.

“I got nominated last year but didn’t quite get there and I’ve made it this year, so I’m really, really chuffed, I’m not sure I deserve it but I’m going to take it anyway!”

*Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer passionately supports rugby at all levels. The brand returns as the Headline Sponsor for the 2018 National Rugby Awards after partnering with the event for the first time in 2016.


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