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Julie Elliott Champions Premiership Rugby Parliamentary Community Awards

The All Party Parliamentary Rugby Union Group (APPRG) has renewed its support for Premiership Rugby’s Annual Parliamentary Community Awards, which will take place at the House of Commons on 7 July 2016.

Chair of the APPRG, Sunderland Central MP, Julie Elliott MP said, "Rugby’s continuing commitment to use the game as a force for good in their local communities should be applauded. The Group and I are delighted to support the Community Awards and to celebrate the outstanding efforts of the clubs, their volunteers and community teams to try and make a difference to the lives of local people and communities."

There will be four Awards in 2016:

  • VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR: to note the vital contribution of volunteers and local champions
  • YOUNG ACHIEVER OF THE YEAR: for participants who have made the most of their involvement in a Premiership Rugby’s community programme
  • BREAKTHRU AWARD: for the best club programme which demonstrates positive change in an area such as health, education and social exclusion
  • PLAY AWARD: for the best club programme designed to help young people play or excel at the game

Shortlisted clubs and individuals will be judged on 15 June.

Premiership Rugby delivers community programmes to 310,000 participants each year through a network of 150 community development staff and over 600 part-time staff and volunteers. Premiership Rugby and its clubs partner with a range of different organisations including the local and national public sector, Government and its agencies and a host of charities and commercial organisations who have a shared interest in growing the sport, raising levels of physical activity or working with the sport to affect social change.

Wayne Morris, Director of Community and Corporate Social Responsibility at Premiership Rugby said, "Every season, the Annual Awards showcase the positive impact Premiership Rugby clubs make to the lives of people in their communities. Core to that success is our community teams ability to harness rugby’s values of teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship. I am delighted members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group will be getting behind the awards yet again this year and thank them for their continuing support."

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