University's Rugby Union coach receives national recognition

Posted on Friday 7th April 2017

Bolton Students’ Union and the University of Bolton Rugby Club are celebrating again after success at the Student RFU Awards.

Keith Howie, who volunteers his time every week to coach the University team, won Student RFU Coach of the Year. 

Keith was invited down to Twickenham to receive his award and enjoyed an awards lunch, followed by the Student Rugby BUCS finals, all from the prestigious vantage point of the Royal Box. 

Vivienne Newton, President of the Students’ Union, said: ‘We are very grateful to the support offered to the University team both on and off the pitch. 

‘Keith provides guidance that not only encourages better rugby, but he provides a friendly ear and advice to the team.’

In addition to his coaching commitments with the University, Keith trains junior teams at Bolton RUFC.

‘Many of the University players also play for the Bolton RUFC team on a Saturday afternoon,’ said Vivienne.

‘This makes them part of our Bolton community and they are made to feel very welcome. 

‘Chair of the Rugby Club, and Honorary Doctor of the University, Mark Brocklehurst, was also the guest speaker at our recent Sports Awards evening. The students really appreciated the time and effort given by Mark for this occasion and cemented our relationship with Bolton RUFC.’

Last year, Youth & Community Work student Paul Newton won Student Volunteer of the Year at the National Awards.

The award recognised Paul’s work as Chair of the University Rugby Club and commitment to developing rugby at the institution.