WARRIORS lock Darren Barry has been shortlisted for the Gallagher Community Player of the Season award for his work as ambassador for the award-winning Warriors’ Community Foundation Tackling Dementia Cafe, as well as being a Young Ambassador mentor at Sixways.
The club were voted Dementia Friendly Organisation of the Year in the small-medium category at the National Dementia Friendly Awards in December and the Tackling Dementia Cafe has also been shortlisted in the Sustainability and Community Award category at next month’s Stadium Business Awards in Manchester.
Barry’s role as ambassador for the Tackling Dementia Cafe, which meets on Wednesday mornings at Sixways, has particular resonance with him as he has a grandparent with the early on-set of dementia.
The other five players on the shortlist for the Gallagher Community Player of the Season Award are Saracens’ Calum Clark, Bristol Bears’ Nick Fenton-Wells, Rob Miller of Wasps, Lucas Noguera of Bath Rugby and Sale Sharks’ Denny Solomona.
The award celebrates those who go the extra mile to make a difference in their local community – emphasising how much good Gallagher Premiership Rugby stars do in their own time.
The winner will be announced on Wednesday, May 22 at the star-studded 2019 Premiership Rugby Awards, presented by Gallagher.
Gallagher ambassador and World Cup winner Danielle Waterman was impressed by the wide-ranging activities this year’s shortlist have been doing.
“The great thing about rugby is the values behind it and the six players on the shortlist for Gallagher Community Player of the Season certainly demonstrate that,” she said.
“All those shortlisted for the award have done great work in their communities and can certainly call themselves role models.
“It’s brilliant to see the effort that is being put in by these players and the clubs away from the pitch up and down the country that we don’t always see on a daily basis and whoever takes home the award will be a worthy winner for sure.”