Minister for Sport, Helen Grant has acclaimed the outstanding work carried out by the 12 Aviva Premiership Rugby clubs in their local communities.
"Sport has the power to deliver social change and I'm delighted to see the 12 Aviva Premiership Rugby clubs continue to make working within their local community a priority," said Minister for Sport Helen Grant The MP for Maidstone and the Weald, Kent was speaking as Premiership Rugby clubs across England were being honoured at the prestigious All Party Parliamentary Rugby Union Group Premiership Rugby Community Awards, staged at the House of Commons.
The Awards were attended by a number of MPs, Premiership Rugby partners and Rugby World Cup winner Jason Robinson.
Now in their ninth year, the Awards celebrate the wide range of development work that the Premiership Rugby clubs deliver locally within their communities.
From sports participation to education, health and social inclusion, Premiership Rugby's Play and BreakThru campaigns use rugby to change lives and tackle some of England's most challenging agendas.
"Sport has the power to deliver social change and I'm delighted to see the 12 Aviva Premiership Rugby clubs continue to make working within their local community a priority," said Minister for Sport Helen Grant.
"Premiership Rugby is doing a tremendous amount through social inclusion programmes such as HITZ and Something to Chew On and I would like to congratulate all the winners for the fantastic work that has been achieved in the last year.
"The Premiership Rugby Community Awards are honouring all the unsung heroes working within the gameand recognise the crucial and important work that often goes unseen during the rugby season."
The Award winners were:
The Play Award supported by the All Party Parliamentary Rugby Union Group
Winner - Worcester Warriors - Warriors Homeless RFC Programme
Highly Commended - Bristol Rugby - Eagle for Play Programme
The BreakThru Award supported by TNT Express
Winner - Saracens for Sarries Skills Club
Highly Commended - Sale Sharks for RuFIT and Bristol Rugby for Bright Sparks
The Community Impact Award supported by Aviva
Winner - Saracens
Highly Commended - Northampton Saints
The National Community Champion Award supported by Land Rover
Winner - Peter Gore (Sale Sharks Regional Winner)