The Luis Ghaut Saintsman Award will reward the contribution of one young player whose commitment to their team’s cause, positive attitude and fair play has stood out during that day’s particular tournament.
The Award will be handed out for the first time during the half-time interval of Saturday’s Aviva Premiership match between the Saints and Sale Sharks as part of the prize giving to the winners and runners-up of the pre-match Under-8s tournament.
Head of community Sian Haynes says that the new award needs to be seen as a celebration of Luis and how he approached his life.
“Luis was always upbeat, ready to smile, and had an infectiously positive attitude,” she commented. “He was also a talented young rugby player who was committed to helping his team succeed.
“What has been important for us is that we celebrate his personality, and to promote similar attitudes among young rugby players. Having discussed the idea with his family, we believe that the Luis Ghaut Award is an appropriate way to celebrate his memory.
“It is also relevant for us to be starting this Award at the Sale game this Saturday, at which Luis was going to be a mascot. And hopefully it will be a highlight in pre-match tournaments from now on.”
Luis will be remembered in a special feature in the match programme this Saturday, including contributions from Tom Wood and Alex Corbisiero. His clubmates from Northampton Old Scouts will provide the Guard of Honour for the teams, after bucket-shaking on behalf of LU15 Fundraising, with Luis’s younger sister Georgia running out with the Saints team as mascot.