Sam Phillips wins Community Coach of the Year Award at the home of Harlequins


By - Wednesday 11th June, 2014

Eighteen-year-old Trinity pupil, Sam Phillips, was awarded the prestigious Talent Community Coach of the Year Award at the Twickenham Stoop last month.


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Release begins: The Community Awards Dinner was held at the Twickenham Stoop, the home of Harlequins Rugby and brought together over 120 representatives from Community clubs and schools in Surrey, Sussex, Kent and Middlesex on Wednesday 21st May. No stranger to rugby award ceremonies, Sam received a Silver Award for Leadership and Volunteering from the RFU at the London Society of Rugby Union Referees in 2012, aged just 16.

In his nomination speech, James Newbigin, the Community Development Officer at Harlequins, said: “Sam has been working us since he was 14 years old. In that time he has been an absolute legend in the eyes of all he has coached. My inbox on a Monday morning gets filled up with incredible feedback about Sam and the fact he’s a credit to Harlequins, be it after a match-day, rugby camp or club visit. He was one of the youngest junior recruits into London’s Referees Academy and has recently been given a promotion to refereeing Level 7 rugby next season, a great achievement for one so young.”

Sam Phillips, who is 18 and lives in Sutton, has now been invited to join the Quins first team to referee pre-season scrum and line-out sessions. On receiving his Coach of the Year award, he said: “I’m thrilled to win such a prestigious award and have it presented by Conor O’Shea, the Director of Rugby at Harlequins. A huge thanks to Trinity for all the support they’ve given me over the last 7 years with my rugby. Hopefully it goes to show that there’s more to sport than just playing, be it refereeing or coaching.”

Release ends.

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