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Volunteer of the Year Award

The Volunteer of the Year will have provided exceptional service to the game and made a measurable difference in their community. The nominee must demonstrate the NRL's beliefs of Inclusivity, Positivity, Unitedness and Discipline, as well as a unique contribution to their community through rugby league.

2020 Nominations now open to the public

Do you know a local rugby league community hero?  We want to hear from you!

Nominations for the 2020 NRL Community Awards are now open, with fans of the game urged to send in their nomination for Volunteer of the Year.

The NRL Community Awards is a significant opportunity for the game to honour some of the unsung heroes that quietly go about their business, making a significant and positive impact on the lives of locals and improving the game of rugby league.

In a year like no other and regardless of whether a ball has been kicked or a whistle blown, now is the time to call out those around you and nominate them for recognition as a Volunteer or Grassroots Club of the Year.

It could be the local groundskeeper, who has kept the club in shape ahead of a return to training and matches…or a coach that has adhered to COVID safe training to keep fit and motivated together or a volunteer that’s fought against the odds to help the community survive the devastating bushfires in the 2019/2020 off season…the awards this year take on a particularly special significance.

How to submit a nomination 

Simply head to to complete a simple nomination form.

If you have any questions about the awards or nomination process, please email and a member of the NRL Community team will be in touch.

Don’t miss out on your chance to submit your nomination today!

2019 winner

Bevan Owens from Normanton Stingers Rugby League Club (Queensland Rugby League).

Normanton volunteer revives rugby league in Gulf

Check out the full story here.

2019 finalists

Thomas "George" Hickey, Dudley Redhead Magpies (Country Rugby League)

Damien Mackey, Carlingford Cougars (NSW Rugby League)

Sal Kawai, Wodonga Storm (NRL Victoria)