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So yesterday I presented an award at the annual Dallaglio Rugby Works Awards 2019 #DRWAwards19. It was a massive honour for me to even be asked and be standing alongside the likes of Sir Clive Woodward (@CliveWoodward), John McAvoy (@johnmcavoy2) and Lawrence Dallaglio (@dallaglio8) and a privilege to meet all the nominees.

It was a humbling event with some fantastically inspiring speeches that motivated and also brought a few tears to the surface. I presented ‘Charity Supporter of Year’ award and the winner was Steve Morgan of the @stevemorganfdn. This guy is a legend and spends most of time giving to charities and has helped @dallagliorugbywords get the exposure it deserves.

The charity is so important right now with what is actually happening in society and really feeds an area where youth are get excluded from mainstream education with no support mechanism to help them. Lawrence, Rachel Roxburgh and all of the team at the charity work relentlessly to ensure these people are not excluded and are given a better chance.


Hearing what Sir Clive had to say was a massive inspiration for everyone, whether they are into sport or not.


Also speaking was John McAvoy, a person who found himself on the wrong side of the law and in prison for many years of his life. He spoke about how he turned his life around and is now a successful Nike triathlete because of the right support at the right time in his life. His words were truly inspiring.


Lawrence himself also spoke about the loss of his sister and how for a few years between 16 and 18 he was at a low point and wasn’t the person his parents had brought him up to be. He found rugby which turned his life around and got back on track. Another incredible presenter was Alison Cope (Ali Giles-Cope). Alison is an anti-violence and anti-knife crime campaigner, following the murder of her son, rap artist Joshua, who performed under the alias Depzman. Alison now works to educate people, particularly young people, of the very real consequences of youth violence, regularly visiting schools, prisons and alternative education provisions across the country. (Please watch the videos)

I would love anyone reading this to take a moment to read up on the work the charity does. Statistically, over 60% of people that have been excluded from mainstream education will end up in prison. A lot of these people come from unfortunate starts in life and often from broken homes. Please feel free to get in touch regarding the charity by messaging me or contacting them direct Our Warren Smith Ski Academy team will continue to support this great charity in 2019/20. I hope you can be inspired to get involved.

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