A Ledbury RFC volunteer has been recognised by the North Midlands RFU and England Rugby.

James Seager is a player, board director, director of rugby, club captain, junior coach and parent of junior members and was a runner-up in the 2021 volunteer awards.

Any club such as Ledbury RFC is highly reliant on the goodwill and efforts of its volunteers to function.

Of the more than 120 that regularly turn up every year to do their bit, every so often one such volunteer emerges for going above and beyond the norm.

To recognise those outstanding contributors England Rugby in association with Mitsubishi Motors initiated an annual ward scheme.

From an initial submission of 32 nominations from across the North Midlands RFU into the national pool, Seager was one of 3 submitted through to the finals.

While not being the outright winner, his efforts have been rightly acknowledged with a prestigious Runner Up Award.

The reasons for his success outline exactly why he was rewarded.

He was instrumental in enabling the club to emerge from the Covid pandemic successfully and has also enhanced facilities around the club - taking part in various projects which have seen improvements made.

Mainly, Seager took it upon himself to construct the Led Shed, a covered area adjacent to the clubhouse where members and locals can enjoy a drink or meal under shelter. Slim negotiated with local builders merchant, Bradfords, to cover material costs and led a team of 5 club volunteers in constructing the shelter at zero cost.