Together, Plympton Rotary Club and Rachel came to an agreement for a more innovative approach to traditional sponsorship so that if she volunteered on their activities, they would support her passion of playing rugby for Plymouth Albion Ladies for the 2017/18 season.
She regularly chips in for the club and receives her kit expenses, insurance and match fees.
President of Plympton Rotary, Penny Strang shared her thoughts, “By using this sort of sponsorship we feel it could be a possible solution for clubs with an ageing membership who still want to be active in their local community.”
“Not only do young people like Rachel contribute to club life and club activities; they, in turn, are introduced to Rotary International and as such they might become future members.”
Rachel was no stranger to Rotary, with members of her family previously being part of the organisation.
As you might expect from a rugby player, Rachel isn’t afraid to get stuck in, and she’s been involved in a host of club activities.
It has enabled me to interact and engage with a variety of people.”
This has included planting crocuses to raise awareness for polio, helping out at the club’s Christmas collections or simply bag packing at supermarkets nearby.
Her work hasn’t gone unnoticed; Plympton Rotary Club nominated Rachel as their ambassador.
By wearing the logo when playing on the pitch, she continues to support and promote Rotary in many ways.
Indicating her appreciation for the club, she said, “I have thoroughly enjoyed being involved and it has enabled me to interact and engage with a variety of people who I have learnt a lot from.”
“Planting crocuses at the university for the End Polio Now campaign is something I was really grateful to be a part of.”
Rachel has also had a successful year on the field, and was delighted to receive the ‘Club Woman of the Year‘ award for Albion.
Plymouth Albion Ladies presented Rachel with this award because of her commitment within her role and to reward her for everything she does for the team.