Nottingham Rugby in the Community were victorious in the annual Nottinghamshire Sports Awards last Wednesday night, winning in the Project of the Year category.
During 2015, Nottingham Rugby in the Community’s delivery has seen the creation of the Little Ruggers programme, which aims to engage children aged 2-5 years old and their parents in rugby from a young age. So far, these have been set up at various clubs including, Keyworth, Bingham, Paviors and Corsairs, meaning the programme has engaged approximately 150 families across three districts of Nottinghamshire. Adults have also been engaged and supported to drive the projects within each club, helping to make them sustainable.
Also, as part of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, the club’s community team also delivered ’30 Days of Rugby’ to schools in Rushcliffe, reaching around 400 people.
The prestigious awards ceremony took place at the Nottingham Conference Centre last Wednesday night and all the great and the good of Nottinghamshire sport were in attendance, to celebrate the county’s sporting achievements over the past year.
The community team beat off strong competition from the likes of Run! Nottingham and the 2015 CPISRA World Games to be announced as winners, with the award being presented to Nottingham Rugby general manager Steve Smith (far right) and the managing director of community partners Hall-Fast – Malk Hall (second right), by British Paralympic swimmer Charlotte Henshaw (far left) and Pauline Allan – vice-chair of the Nottinghamshire County Council culture committee (second left).
Green and Whites players Dan Montagu and Dan Mugford were also in attendance, to chat to co-host Angela Rafferty on stage and present the Young Coach of the Year award to the University of Nottingham Triathlon’s David Keasey.