CSSC Volunteer of the Year 2019

Celtic Manor Resort played host to this year’s CSSC Annual General Meeting on Monday 17th June, followed by a gala dinner and awards ceremony. Amongst those attending this prestigious occasion was Gareth Edwards, CACSSA Treasurer and Football Club Chairman Alan Waklefield.

Both Gareth and Alan were nominated for CSSC Volunteer of the Year. There were a number of nominees for this award and CACSSA are pleased to announce that Gareth Edwards deservedly won the award.

Gareth has been a member of CSSC and CACSSA for over 40 years, throughout which time he has always been an active sportsman and outstanding volunteer. He joined the CACSSA Rugby Club in 1974 and was immediately selected for the first XV. He was elected Club Captain in 1980 and held the position for 2 seasons.

During his first season as Captain, the club set a record by winning it’s first 18 games; and in his 2nd season, under his guidance the 1st XV won the Senior Cheltenham Combination Cup.

As well as his outstanding performances on the field, Gareth accepted the role of Treasurer for the Rugby Club in 2004 and held the post until 2010, introducing discipline and accuracy to the club’s financial affairs.

In 2015 Gareth joined the CACSSA Management Committee as Area Association Treasurer, a role he continues to fulfil to this day.  The role is particularly challenging since the Area Treasurer is also treasurer of the Cotswold Area club. In addition to all the normal Area Treasurer duties, Gareth is also responsible for the overall financial wellbeing and management of the club. Gareth displays an enthusiastic and a common sense approach to all that he does. He is methodical and thorough and addresses the considerable number of tasks with determination and a high level of application. As a member of the Area and Club management committee he plays a full role in ensuring the continued success of both.     

Gareth is one of that rare breed of volunteers who does not ask for recognition, he is simply happy to do the job to ensure the Area Association and Club continue to thrive.