Premiership Rugby’s wide-ranging efforts to improve lives on show as 2019 Premiership Rugby Parliamentary Community Awards shortlists revealed
Community & CSR Director Wayne Morris has praised the wide-ranging outreach of the programmes on show as the shortlists for the 2019 Premiership Rugby Parliamentary Community Awards were announced.
As Premiership Rugby enters an exciting new phase of its development, one constant that remains the same is the huge impact its community programmes have on people and communities around the world.
More than 310,000 people every year are assisted in some way through Premiership Rugby’s ‘Plan To Improve a Million Lives’, with initiatives designed for all walks of life.
Some of the success stories from the past year will be celebrated at the 2019 Premiership Rugby Parliamentary Community Awards on Wednesday 17 July, a star-studded event held at the House of Commons.
And Premiership Rugby’s Morris is delighted to see programmes such as Project Rugby and HITZ working to help people overcome several different issues.
He said: “There is a range of national programmes that operate across the country, which all our clubs help deliver to their local community.
“That is from improving access to people from black and ethnic minority groups, breaking down barriers and giving them better access to sport and opportunities, all the way through to our HITZ scheme, which helps young people not in education or employment and teaches them life skills and employability skills in order to guide them to a more positive progression route.
“We have a vast range of scheme across multiple areas, so we are helping to change lives in lots of different ways.
“The awards are a great opportunity to celebrate all the hard work everyone has put in and celebrate success stories.
“For those who come through the programmes, it is an incredibly life-changing experience. It is something which drives enthusiasm across the country.
“I think it is very humbling for everyone. There is a team of people who make this happen behind the scenes but you don’t often see it.
“It is very nice to hear people’s stories and to see the impact that our programme has had on them is very rewarding. It just confirms all the effort we all put works.”
There are four awards up for grabs at this year’s Premiership Rugby Parliamentary Community Awards, celebrating the hard work and dedication of people up and down the country.
The full shortlist is below, but to read more about Premiership Rugby’s community programmes, please visit www.premiershiprugby.com/in-the-community while you can join in the conversation via the hashtag #RugbyChangingLives
PLAY ACHIEVER OF THE YEAR, supported by Gallagher
The PLAY Achiever of the Year Award rewards someone who has excelled in any programme which introduces rugby to new audiences. They may have overcome physical, cultural or social barriers to become involved in the game whilst embodying the spirit of our PLAY campaign.
Shortlist: Jess McConnell (Bath Rugby), Kascie Higgins (Northampton Saints), Howard Coppenhall (Sale Sharks) and Cheick Kone (Worcester Warriors)
BREAKTHRU ACHIEVER OF THE YEAR, supported by SCL
The BREAKTHRU Achiever of the Year Award rewards someone who has excelled in any education, health or social inclusion programme, bringing to life the potential of the game to change lives off the field.
Shortlist: Jared Spence (Gloucester Rugby), Courtney Bell (Newcastle Falcons) and Danielle Tuson (Wasps)
COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR, supported by CVC
The Community Volunteer of the Year Award is designed to reward a person who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the community through their work at the club. The award is for the person who has used not just their spare time, but also their passion, determination and dedication to make an outstanding contribution through their work at the club.
Shortlist: Aaron Hinkley (Gloucester Rugby), Matthew Hulme (Sale Sharks) and Connie Perkins (Wasps)
COMMUNITY COACH OF THE YEAR, supported by the All Parliamentary Group on Rugby Union
The Community Coach of the Year Award rewards a community coach who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to change the lives of participants through a national or local programme.
Shortlist: James Collins Clark (Harlequins), Craig Monaghan (Sale Sharks) and Anthony O’Reilly (Wasps)