We're delighted to announce that Chris Davy, NRU's Director of Game Development, has been awarded Honorary Life Membership of England Rugby Football Schools Union (ERFSU). This distinguished award has been granted to Chris in recognition of his dedication and hard work to develop rugby in schools at local, regional and national levels and follows on from his award for Services to Schools received in 2007.
This accolade is certainly well deserved, as Chris now enters his 50th year of involvement in rugby. His many key roles throughout this period are detailed in the proposal submitted below from John Pearson, Durham CSU, which was seconded by Rob Snow, Chair Northumberland Schools’ Union.
Having spoken to Chris, he modestly says "I really believe in all of us working together to the benefit of the individuals, clubs, partners and rugby union. I started teaching at QEGS, Hexham June 1970 and joined the Schools' Union Committee that summer. It has been a privilege to gain 50 years of friendships and to assist rugby to evolve within the Community."
This is Chris' second award of Honorary Life Membership, having already received life membership of Northumberland Rugby Union in 2011. There are few across England that can lay claim to having received two life memberships from Constituent Bodies, which is a true testament to his unwavering commitment to the sport.
On behalf of NRU, we would like to pass on our huge congratulations to Chris - this honour is truly deserved!
PROPOSAL SUBMITTED BY JOHN PEARSON FOR HONORARY LIFE MEMBERSHIP OF ERFSU
Chris Davy began his association with schools rugby in1970 and his efforts were acknowledged in 2007 by the ERFSU Services to Schools Rugby Award.
His work in the various roles which he has held and the significant input of his tireless efforts to the development of many aspects of rugby in Northumberland led to him being created a Life Member of the Northumberland County Rugby Union in 2011. Significant in the work undertaken are two roles: Between 2000 and 2015 he chaired the Northumberland Age Grade Rugby group; he currently is the Game Development Co-ordinator, being involved with young and new referees, coaching, medical aspects, Rugby Safe and Safeguarding. His work and involvement with the Schools Union has never diminished and his presence is constantly there to provide encouragement, perceptive insights and advice to younger and much less experienced colleagues. Equally the role as the Northumberland representative on the Northern Group Schools Committee has drawn plaudits with regard to his ideas and opinions which are always thoughtfully and sincerely expressed. He can quite rightly be described as a ‘mover and shaker’ as far as the development of the game of rugby is concerned.
Anecdotally I have to indicate that, although being a long way from being inexperienced in the widest aspects of Education or the role of a Schools Union Secretary, his advice, guidance and friendship have proved invaluable in my attempts to develop Durham County RFU Schools Union to be once again a force to be reckoned with.
In terms of school-specific activity from 2006 onwards, whilst serving as the Northumberland Schools representative to the ERFSU, he also served as the Northumberland Age Grade Disciplinary Secretary. This latter role was extended in 2008 with his appointment to the demanding role of the ERFSU Disciplinary Secretary. In both of these roles his knowledge of the game and its Laws, of the different forms of educational background from which pupils come, of the significant role of the Head of School in making decisions and the exercising of common sense in an approach to those requiring his advice and guidance have undoubtedly served the ERFSU well. In addition he has served on the Competitions, Rugby Development and Governance Committee of the ERFSU. In 2014 he was elected to the ERFSU Executive and represented the ideas expressed by those in the North.
As we now move into his 50th year of continued activity with regard to Schools, Youth and the game as a whole at local, regional and National level it would appear appropriate to give serious consideration to further recognition for his continued exemplary activity. There are few individuals that have committed the level of time, energy and zeal to the multiplicity of roles which he has undertaken. Certainly, there will be few in the future to match the energy, enthusiasm and zeal which he has demonstrated for the game.