BRUT Fan of Pride Alan Boyle
BRUT have been celebrating the real heroes of the great game - the fans. We have been on a nationwide search to find the top fans from each club with one deserving individual being named as the overall winner. We are now proud to announce Alan Boyle as the 2013 BRUT Fan of Pride.
Alan has made an outstanding contribution to the sport and his community in recent years. It began with encouraging injured soldiers back into the community working with the Warrington Wolves club to organise days out. Alan then took on the ‘Septhon Trophy’, this year over 5,000 people attended on Armed Forces Day to watch Crossfields take on the Royal Engineers. The event is a great day for the community and raises much needed funds for military charities.
Congratulations to Alan he has really shown what it means to ‘Man Up’ and is a great example of the fans that make the Super League so special. Alan’s prizes for being crowned national winner include tickets to the Man of Steel awards, Grand Final tickets, a behind the scenes tour at his beloved Warrington Wolves club and a 2014 season ticket.
Club Fan of Pride winners:
A Bradford Bulls fan since childhood Richard has helped develop Wheelchair Rugby League since 2006. He is now the Head Coach of the Bradford Bulls Wheelchair Rugby League Club, working with children and young people in the community as part of the Bradford Bulls Foundation and raising disability awareness in schools and colleges across Bradford and Yorkshire. In addition to this Richard is also a full time carer for his disabled wife.
Born and raised in Castleford as a lifelong Tigers fan, a few years ago Wayne and his family moved from Yorkshire to Lincolnshire. However, rather than dim his support, this spurred Wayne on to form the Tigers Together group, which aims to help the club in any way it can and over the past two years Wayne has never missed a single Cas match, home or away.
The Stafford Family
The Stafford Family are a small family who go above and beyond the call of duty for the Giants. The self-styled ‘Junior Giants’ manage the ball boys at first team games, fund raise on a regular basis to enhance the game day experience for children, act as gate attendants for Giants reserve team matches, cover for absent staff members on game day, often at little or no notice, and much else besides.
Graham has supported Hull FC through good times and bad for 55 years. When out and about he is instantly recognisable on his Hull branded motorbike and at home both his front and back garden are club themed. Two strokes in recent years mean Graham can no longer attend every match but he still ensures that he uses his love of the club to support good causes, such as donating framed shirts and photos to charity.
Walter holds the remarkable distinction of having been a Hull KR supporter for over 90 years. The centenarian may be fast approaching his 101st birthday but his support for the Robins shows no sign of waning.
Darrell is a junior club coach who uses rugby league to help the young people in his community. Through his coaching at Beeston Broncos and at a local school he provides positive activity and direction for the local youngsters in an area of high deprivation. Having been a Leeds Rhinos academy player himself, he still holds a season ticket at Headingly − something he has done since the age of 13.
Derrick has been coaching at Croydon Hurricanes for the past three years. He looks after the U14s in a large urban area where many have never heard of rugby league. Every week he devotes at least 10 hours of his time to his team who have the utmost respect for him. Under his guidance many of his team have been selected for player development centres, with some gaining Broncos scholarships.
When young French prodigy Theo Fages arrived in Salford to join the Reds as a precocious 16 year old Alan and his wife Shirley took the youngster in to their home. This hugely generous decision has paid dividends for Salford as Theo is now one of the most exciting prospects in the Super League, but also demonstrates the selflessness of Alan, his family and their dedication to the club.
Mark has been a big rugby league fan since childhood, supporting and playing in local teams growing up. Nowadays his whole life revolves around the sport. Having been a mechanic he now works at St Helens’ Langtree Park in hospitality and also volunteers as a coach in the local community and schools. In addition to this Mark has contributed hundreds of voluntary hours as a Sportsmaker and has been chosen to be a volunteer at the Rugby League World Cup 2013.
A single parent of five children - one of whom is seriously ill - Rich is a former rugby league professional with Wakefield and an avid supporter of junior rugby league. He coaches at Spartans RLFC U14s and in local schools where he works tirelessly for the young players it instructs. In addition to this he supports the development of the Wakefield Wildcats scholarship players and attends all Wildcats home and away games.
Al is a serving British Army soldier with 1 Mercian who earlier this year completed another tour of Afghanistan. On top of his soldiering commitments, Al is the main organiser of The Sephton Trophy, an Armed Forces Day rugby league event in honour of Tom Sephton, a local lad and soldier from Warrington killed in Afghanistan. The Trophy has been running for four years, growing each year and would not be possible without the hard work of Wolves fan Al.
Pat has been a Chemic/Vikings fan for over 60 years. She still attends every home and away match and each year’s Challenge Cup Final and Super League Grand Final. Pat is well-known within the local community and is known as 'Mrs Widnes'. As a member of Lady Vikings she organises events and sells raffle tickets and whenever there's an event she makes sure she volunteers in some way.
Born in Cumbria, Chris is a Warriors fan who two years ago had a life changing accident which led to eight operations and left him in a significant amount of pain. Remarkably, however, during this time he has managed to coach Siddal Bulldogs under 7s and is currently working with the under 8s. A very popular member of the Siddal club, having played in the open aged sides before his accident, Chris now teaches the players of the future and stubbornly refuses to let his injury hinder him.