Former School PE Teacher Recognised For New Zealand Rugby Work

rob jones with NZ PM John Key

Rob Jones (left) with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key.

A former head of sport at Scilly’s old secondary school has been recognised for his contribution to rugby.

Rob Jones worked at Carn Thomas for two and a half years from 2001.

He now heads up the PE department the New Zealand town of Fielding.

He’s just been awarded their national Volunteer of the Year award for being the driving force behind the growth of women’s rugby in that region.

Rob says it’s an honour to receive the award and it was humbling, as he was up against some fantastic people who have put in a lot of work for rugby in New Zealand.

Rob says he intends coming over for the 2015 Rugby world cup and hopes to visit friends here then.

He says he has fond memories of Scilly and it’s people and is always looking at when the PE job may come up.

He offered some advice for the boys and girls training for touch rugby on Sundays on The Garrison. “Catch and pass, tackle and fitness are the key” he says, but also “play with your friends and smile.”