Any good junior sporting club knows how to make use of parents to fill a variety of roles.
When Guy Ruddy fronted up to watch son Michael's first training session in under 7s he soon found himself holding the tackle bag.
It clearly worked as about 20 years later he has just been honoured with his second life membership.
This week Ruddy became a life member of Group 10 Junior Rugby League.
In the last 20 years-odd I have met some wonderful people.Guy Ruddy, Group 10 JRL life member
It follows him previously becoming a life member with CYMS junior rugby league.
And both were achieved after his son finished playing.
Ruddy received the Group 10 honour at this week's AGM.
"Guy has been a coach, selector, trainer, timekeeper, hydration officer and all round nice guy. Very well deserved to a tireless volunteer," a post on the group's Facebook page said.
Ruddy said he started with his son's involvement around 1998-99 with the SJS club that later joined up with CYMS. "My young fellow started playing under 7s, that's basically how I got involved," he said. The first training night I was asked to hold the tackle bag."
Ruddy said when his son stopped playing at under 14s he continued with the club.
He said his roles had included publicity officer and treasurer at club level and registrar, assistant secretary and board member at Group 10 level. And he has coached several age groups.
Ruddy said his eldest daughter, Samantha, played with Cargo and there was a new generation involved with granddaughter Mackenzie Thornberry playing for Bloomfield.
He said it had been a rewarding experience. "In the last 20 years-odd I have met some wonderful people. The most important thing is kids are getting a game of football, and the smile on their faces," he said.
And the Dragons fan is tipping Melbourne to win Sunday's NRL grand final.
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