A RUGBY team manager and coach from Worcester is one of 14 Hometown Heroes – inspiring local champions of community sport in the West Midlands – celebrated by the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
The campaign by Birmingham 2022 celebrates and recognises the diversity of the region by shining a spotlight on those that go above and beyond to develop sport, encourage participation and promote physical and mental wellbeing in their community.
After receiving hundreds of nominations from the public, the list of Hometown Heroes includes 14 selfless individuals, made up of coaches, managers, umpires, and fund-raisers, who have dedicated their lives to grassroots sport in the West Midlands.
One of the Hometown Heroes recognised is Kirsty Davie – the team manager and coach at Birmingham Moseley Women’s Rugby Club.
Kirsty, who joined the club in 2017, was a fantastic player, but a traumatic back injury meant that she could no longer play the sport.
During her recovery, she missed rugby and players so much that she took on the role of team manager. She arranges everything: training sessions and matches, books referees, arranges equipment and kit, confirms player attendance and sorts transportation.
Kirsty has been known to arrive at the club at 8am in torrential rain on a match day morning to fork the pitch, making sure the surface is playable so the match can go ahead.
“It feels amazing to be a Hometown Hero!” she said. “The months that followed my injury were incredibly tough, but I never once wanted to give up on my sport or team. I just couldn’t wait to be back on the side of the pitch and cheering the girls on.
“I’m truly flattered to receive this recognition from Birmingham 2022.
“For me, it’s about seeing the camaraderie between the girls and ensuring they have an enjoyable match. As their team manager and coach, I will continue to give my time to creating a welcoming and positive space for women’s rugby to thrive.”
Birmingham 2022 launched the search for Hometown Heroes in October 2020, welcoming nominations for those who always the extra mile to develop sport in their local community.
The announcement comes as applications to volunteer at Birmingham 2022 will open on June 1. Volunteering at Birmingham 2022 is an opportunity to give something back, inspire a generation and be a part of something special – like the Hometown Heroes do every day.
Ahead of applications going live, more information on the volunteer criteria, commitment required, the selection process and training programme can be found at www.birmingham2022.com/volunteering.
Visit the website www.birmingham2022.com/HometownHeroes for more details on the honours.