The RFUW has named 100 volunteers on a Roll of Honour, marking the start of National Volunteers Week and their contribution to growing the women's and girl's game across the UK. Hackney RFC is extremely proud to have two members named amongst the 10 Middlesex volunteers on the list.

Anthony Joseph received recognition for his work in driving the Hackney Bulls girls division. The Belles squad has quickly grown to include 21 girls under 15, some of whom have already playing at county level.

Morgan Whitlock, the Gladies coach at Hackney RFC, also featured. Having helped grow the team from 4 to 30 members in one season and assisting in organising and running the hugely successful Women's Development Day at Springhill. The Gladies are set to enter the RFUW league structure in September, having won 7 of the 8 games played in their inaugural season.

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It's impossible to offer congratulations and thanks to these two without also thanking the other volunteers who have helped the Gladies and Belles so much. Emma Middleton and Genevieve Barr have been brilliant in setting up the Gladies, and Emma's coaching at the Belles and with Hitz has been terrific. And Helen Clayton and Max Malkin from Hitz have been hugely helpful to both the junior and senior women's sides. Congratulations everyone on this recognition for a brilliant season for women's rugby in Hackney.