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Wakefield centre Lyne wins President’s Award

Wakefield centre Reece Lyne has been chosen as the first recipient of the RFL President’s Award in recognition of his work mentoring young offenders.

The award is designed to recognise the work done by those within the sport to change lives and communities through rugby league, as well as to award achievements by players, coaches and volunteers which bring the sport to new audiences.

Lyne has been providing expertise with the charity Rugby League Cares to support a project at Wetherby Young Offenders Institute, which involves mentoring young people to improve self-esteem and get their lives back on track.

England international Lyne has been recognised for his work with young offenders. Credit: Mark Cosgrove/News Images

Lyne has also developed his own mentoring programme based in Hull, which also aims to turn around the lives of young offenders.

RFL President Tony Adams, who chose Lyne as the recipient of the award, 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.

“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.”

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