Wakefield Trinity centre Reece Lyne has been chosen by RFL President Tony Adams as the first recipient of his President’s award.
Lyne is being recognised for his work at a Young Offenders Institute in Wetherby, both with Rugby League Cares, and his own project.
Adams said: “There are times we all need someone to turn to. Reece is showing young people, at their lowest ebb, that prison isn’t the end of the world, that they can still fulfil their potential and look to a brighter future.
“When the Wetherby mentoring project was getting off the ground, Reece was identified as the kind of personality who could lead and drive the project from the players’ side. He’d already made a strong impact with young offenders in Hull so he was a natural choice. He’s passionate about what he does and driven to make a difference to young people’s lives.
“For their part young people at Wetherby have learned to trust Reece and confide in him, and it’s testimony to the strength of their bond that he’s been asked to continue his support. Staff at Wetherby have noticed positive changes too since Reece has been mentoring them.
“By sharing his own experiences and listening to what worries them, Reece is making an invaluable contribution to the lives of young people. As a professional sportsman he is also building his portfolio of skills that will help equip him for a varied and successful career post-playing – something I feel really passionate about as RFL President.”