Peter Gore has been toiling away behind the scenes all season and his outstanding efforts were rewarded last week with the Premiership Rugby Community Champion Award.
I'm delighted that Peter has won this award. I'm sure there were lots of very commendable entries and it goes to show what hard work goes on in each area. Peter has worked terrifically hard with the community in Bolton and with Bolton RUFC to make rugby accessible to all interested parties and he wholly deserves this award and praise. Jonny Acheson, Head Of Community Operations, Sale Sharks
Peter, who used to turn out for Bolton Rugby Club, was forced into retirement by a knee problem a few years ago, instead turning his efforts towards community work.
In the last 12 months he has raised £7,000 for the club via grants, organised coaching in local schools, arranged hate crime awareness seminars, forged close links with Sale Sharks and much more.
And Gore, who is now Bolton RUFC deputy junior chairman, has done all this while battling depression and anxiety -an achievement for which he was honoured at the home of British politics.
"I'm shocked, it's the first thing I've ever won in my life," he said. "It just reflects on how important the community is to Bolton and how much work we put in.
"It might be me getting the award, but we have an entire team who go out with the children who it is also for. That is what we need to do - it's the whole idea of rugby to give something back.
"For a junior club like Bolton, being so involved within the community is the only way we survive.
"Without bringing players in from the community the club dies, so without them we are nothing.
"I suffer badly from depression and anxiety, which caused me to lose my job a few years ago.
"To be able to go and work with the young children at school in Bolton who have mental health issues and to see the difference in them, giving something back and seeing the smiles on their faces, those moments are just worth everything."
The award itself is designed to reward a person who delivers a significant social change in their community and Richard Duncan, sponsorship and partnership manager of Land Rover UK, was in no doubt they found someone who has done exactly that.
"Any one of the entries nominated could have won. The amount of volunteer hours they have put in is unbelievable," he said.
"It's almost like a full-time job for some of them, all in their own time, and I think we have a very worthy winner.
"I think community rugby wouldn't be the same without volunteers. They play a hugely important role both for the game and for their local communities.
"The clubs wouldn't be where they are without giving back to the local communities. There would be fewer fans in the seats, and we wouldn't be seeing as many of the stars of tomorrow coming through."
Two British & Irish Lions are retiring at the end of the season, and they will be facing each other as Ugo Monye of Harlequins will be taking on Mark Cueto of Sale Sharks at The AJ Bell Stadium next Saturday (25th) at 2pm.
Don't miss Danny Cipriani's attempt to outfox England captain Chris Robshaw at our game against Quins next Saturday. Robshaw has battled to keep the world's top fly-half's quiet in England colours and will attempt to stifle Danny's exciting talent when they face up against each other at the AJ Bell Stadium.