SLOUGH minis and juniors have gathered to celebrate the achievements of its members at their annual awards ceremony.

Presenting the awards were Youth Chairman, Andrew Leighton-Pope and Club President, Ken Watkins. Club Treasurer, Shelly Pigott, and County Rep, Ray Gagnon, were also in attendance to help the Greenies’ youth close the season.

All players from under-6s through to U16s received a memento trophy. There were also three larger awards made in each age group – Most Improved Player, Coach’s Player and Player of the Season.

The minis Player of the Year plaque was awarded to U10s Randy Karize, while U16s Kieran Lanigan picked up the Junior Club Player of the Year prize.

Volunteers’ efforts received recognition with U11s coach Carl Rumney collecting an award for coaching. Louisa Caldwell, Helen Deegan, Catherine Vanstone, Ann Vater and Karen Spires all received flowers for keeping the youngsters fed and watered throughout the season.

Caldwell also collected the Colin Williams Cup for organising a number of social events including a recent day out to Littlehampton, while Pigott picked up the Neville Cup for her work behind the scenes and Paula Tadzik was awarded The Vase.

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PHOTO: The Slough minis and juniors with their awards from the annual ceremony.

Greenies President Watkins said that it was an honour and a privilege to be invited to be a part of the Slough minis and junior annual awards ceremony.

He said: “I was delighted to see our club packed full of young rugby enthusiasts along with their parents to recognise all of the season’s achievements.

“Our future generations can learn so much from being a part of a rugby environment with the sports’ values of integrity, passion, solidarity, discipline and respect being taught from such a young age.

“The mini and junior section of Slough is growing year on year, and its success is a credit to the people who work hard at making it the fantastic family-friendly club that it is.

“There are too many people to thank individually. However, I would like to give special thanks to Andrew Leighton-Pope, who has been doing a fantastic job as chairman of Slough mini and juniors for more years than he cares to remember.

“The future of Slough is in good hands. I look forward to seeing all of the achievements of next season and beyond.”

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