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Volunteers and players at Doonside Roos.

Know a community rugby league hero? Here's your chance to give them the recognition they deserve.

Nominations are now open for four 2021 NRL Community Awards categories: EISS Super Volunteer of the Year, Community Rugby League Club of the Year, Young Person of the Year and Women in League.

It's the first time that public nominations have been accepted for the latter two categories. Anyone can submit a nomination by heading to playrugbyleague.com/communityawards.

Submissions close on June 25.

"The 2021 NRL Community Awards is a great opportunity to acknowledge the dedicated volunteers and community champions who go above and beyond to serve our game and their communities," NRL head of participation and community Luke Ellis said.

"There are many unsung heroes in our community rugby league clubs providing opportunities for thousands of players across the country to play and be involved in rugby league.

"In our schools, we have teachers nationally using rugby league in a meaningful way to engage their students and encourage and support participation.

"We encourage all our rugby league community to visit our 2021 NRL Community Awards site to nominate their local community rugby league heroes."

After weathering the impact of a pandemic, an army of people have helped get community rugby league not only back up and running but thriving. From coaches to players, administrators to canteen servers and everyone in between, so many have played a key role.

The aforementioned grassroots awards are four of eight community prizes this year along with Teacher of the Year and the Ken Stephen (NRL) and Veronica White (NRLW) medals for first-grade players.

To learn more about the NRL Community Awards, click here.