Bath Rugby star Ollie Devoto returned to Sherborne RFC to hand over crucial funding to his former club after being named LV= Breakthrough Player of the Year.
The 20-year-old won the public vote last month, and donated the £1,000 cheque to his former club and helping out with a training session for youngsters at the Dorset club.
“Sherborne RFC have been a huge part of my life since I was a boy, and it’s here that my love of rugby came from” explained Devoto.
“They’ve always been hugely supportive of my career, and still bring groups of kids to come and watch me play for Bath, so to be able to give something back to them that will benefit them so much is great.”
Devoto has put in a string of impressive performances for Bath this season, helping them reach the final of the LV= Cup.
Last year’s winner Jack Nowell is now a regular in the Exeter Chiefs line-up, and was part of England’s Six Nations squad earlier this year.
Head of Senior Rugby at Sherborne RFC Jim Gower told the Blackmore Vale Magazine last month that he wouldn’t be surprised if Devoto represented England one day.
“Ollie is a real credit to the club, and we’re delighted for him to see how his career has taken off in the last couple of years” added Gower. “It’s great to have him back here doing a bit of coaching with the kids – I’ve no doubt they’ll learn a lot from him.
“To have this funding is a big boost to us. It’s going straight into the put to help towards our clubhouse refurbishments.”
Sherborne take on local rivals Ivel Barbarians tonight in the Roswell Cup at Gainsborough Park, while tickets are still available for Bath Rugby's final home Aviva Premiership game of the season against Northampton saints next Friday.