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Bath Rugby, Newcastle Falcons and Wasps nominated for Premiership Rugby’s BREAKTHRU Achiever of the Year award

Bath Rugby, Newcastle Falcons and Wasps nominated for Premiership Rugby’s BREAKTHRU Achiever of the Year award

Representatives of Bath Rugby, Newcastle Falcons and Wasps are all up for Premiership Rugby’s BREAKTHRU Achiever of the Year award supported by the All Party Parliamentary Group On Rugby Union as community rugby programmes continue to transform lives on and off the pitch.

And one of the award’s judges, Greggs Foundation Manager Tracy Lynch, is predicting an extremely close race between the trio of candidates ahead of the winner being announced on Wednesday 11 July.

The Premiership Rugby Parliamentary Community Awards 2018 take place at the House of Commons next month with a specially-selected panel picking the recipient of the BREAKTHRU Achiever of the Year award, which recognises participants who have excelled in any education, health or social inclusion programme.

Every year hundreds of people up and down the country give their time to help run Premiership Rugby initiatives such as – but not limited to – Aviva Tackling Numbers, HITZ, Project Rugby and Move Like A Pro.

From going the extra mile to help youngsters in the local area, to helping more girls and women get into the game, these ground-breaking schemes all seek to help the community reach new heights both on and off the rugby pitch.

And Tracy was amazed at the inspirational stories that were submitted, with the three shortlisted all more than deserving of the prestigious award.

She said: “It is fabulous to see the commitment made to support so many people in the direct and wider community of all the Premiership Rugby clubs.

“I hadn’t realised the connection to the grassroot-level clubs and it makes it all the more accessible to everyone when you can take part in programmes just around the corner.

“I always think rugby is a great leveller – all shapes and sizes play (and watch) so that makes it seem more accessible for everyone to take part.”

Shortlist for BREAKTHRU Achiever of the Year award:

  • Tom Clifford of Bath Rugby
  • John Mew of Newcastle Falcons
  • Michael Corney of Wasps

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