Parliamentary Citizenship Awards: Awards Reception Photos

Here are some photos from the reception we held at the House of Commons for the EDF Energy Parliamentary Citizenship Awards on May 14.

Derek Wyatt, Louise Poole, Mark McCafferty
From left: Derek Wyatt MP, Louise Poole, Mark McCafferty

Mark McCafferty
Mark McCafferty, Premier Rugby Chief Executive

Mark McCafferty, Andy Reed, Louise Poole, Derek Wyatt, Paul Farrelly
The ‘Club of the Year’ judges. From left: Mark McCafferty, Andy Reed MP, Louise Poole, Derek Wyatt MP, Paul Farrelly MP (Missing: Tanja Rasmussen, BITC)

Vicky Heslop, Derek Wyatt, Ben Breeze
Presentation of the Innovation Award. Vicky Heslop from Bath Rugby (Highly Commended for the Language Through Sport programme), Derek Wyatt MP, Ben Breeze from Bristol Rugby (Winners for the Inferno programme)

Melanie Magee, Derek Wyatt, Jimmy Deane
Presentation of the Impact Award. Melanie Magee from Newcastle Falcons (Winners for their Touch Rugby programme), Derek Wyatt MP, Jimmy Deane from Bath Rugby (Highly Commended for the Wilts Sportsmatch Girls Rugby Programme)

Some Photos from the reception:
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More Video from the Parliamentary Citizenship Awards

Here is Derek Wyatt, MP for Sittingbourne & Sheppey and Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Rugby Group, describing why the judges chose Saracens and Bath Rugby as joint ‘Clubs of the Year’ for their community work at the EDF Energy Parliamentary Citizenship Awards on 14 May 2008. He also mentions how Sport England and the RFU could do a better job supporting the community work clubs like Newcastle Falcons are doing, and how the community work done by rugby clubs compares to work by football clubs.

And here’s Andy Reed, MP for Loughborough and member of the All-Party Parliamentary Rugby Union Group, talking about the winners of this year’s Parliamentary Citizenship Awards, Saracens and Bath Rugby, as well as finalists Newcastle Falcons. He also notes how sport can deliver on social agendas–the best practices from these awards can be shared among rugby clubs and in other sports.

Mark McCafferty at the Parliamentary Citizenship Awards

Here’s Mark McCafferty, our Chief Executive, in a video taken following the judging of the 2008 EDF Energy Parliamentary Citizenship Awards. He talks about how far community work has come in the Guinness Premiership, and describes why the judges chose Saracens and Bath as the winners, also offering words of encouragement for finalists Newcastle Falcons.

He also encourages public and private sector groups to look at rugby as a potential community delivery partner, and thanks the All-Party Parliamentary Rugby Union Group for their support of the awards and rugby union in general. Working closely with them and other government bodies has helped align PRL programmes to government objectives.

Presentations from the Parliamentary Citizenship Awards

Here are the presentations that winners Bath Rugby and Saracens gave to the judging panel at this year’s EDF Energy Parliamentary Citizenship Awards.

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Video from the Parliamentary Citizenship Awards

Here’s Paul Farrelly, MP for Newcastle-upon-Lyme, Secretary of the All-Party Parliamentary Rugby Union Group and a judge of this year’s EDF Energy Parliamentary Citizenship Awards, discussing his thoughts on the ‘Club of the Year’ winners:

And this is Louise Poole, Head of Sponsorship at EDF Energy and a judge at the awards, sharing her thoughts on the awards and how difficult it was to choose a winner.

And here’s Tanja Rasmussen, Community Investment Campaign Director at Business in the Community and a judge at the awards, talking about the community work she saw.

Saracens and Bath share Community ‘Club of the Year’ Title

On Wednesday, representatives from Bath Rugby, Saracens and Newcastle Falcons all came to Portcullis House at Parliament to give presentations on their community work in front of a panel of judges in order to determine which club should be Community ‘Club of the Year.’

This whole process started last week, when a panel of assessors shortlisted Bath, Saracens and Newcastle for Club of the year and also determined the winners of the Innovation and Impact Awards, two new awards this year for individual programmes clubs are running.

Assessment Day

The assessors included representatives from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), Department of Health, Positive Futures, and the CSR Department of BT Wholesale. They reviewed materials that clubs submitted through Business in the Community’s Clubs that Count tracker.

Assessment Day

They awarded Bristol Rugby with the Innovation Award (for an innovative new programme started in the past 12 months) for its Inferno Programme, which tackles social inclusion by teaching rugby (and life) skills to young offenders at HMP Ashfield. Bath Rugby and Sale Sharks were also highly commended for their Language Through Sport and School of Hard Knocks programmes respectively.

Newcastle Falcons won the Impact Award (for an established programme able to demonstrate the positive impact it’s making on its community) for its Touch Rugby programme, which gets 950 adults active each year (40% of which are female, 35% of which haven’t done any form of physical activity in past year). Bath Rugby was also highly commended for its Wilts / Sportsmatch Girls Rugby Programme.

And then for the main event this past Wednesday: Bath Rugby, Saracens and Newcastle Falcons all gave their presentations before the judging panel, which included Derek Wyatt, Paul Farrelly, and Andy Reed, MPs from the All-Party Parliamentary Rugby Group, as well as Louise Poole, Head of Sponsorship at EDF Energy, Tanja Rasmussen, Community Investment Campaign Director, and Mark McCafferty, Chief Executive of Premier Rugby.

Bath presenting at the final

The judges were impressed by the scale and scope of the community work they saw, and by the partnerships and investments the clubs have been making in their communities. In the end they awarded the ‘Club of the Year’ award to both Saracens and Bath Rugby—Saracens for their sheer professionalism and the way their community foundation that has continued to grow and innovate, and Bath for how far they’ve come in such a short time period and the way they put community work into the ethos of the club.

All the awards were presented at an evening reception at the House of Commons.

Winners
From left: Gordon Banks and Hannah Pirnie from Saracens, Louise Poole from EDF Energy, Jimmy Deane from Bath Rugby

Up next on the blog I’ll be posting the Powerpoint presentations from the finalists and video of the judges so you can hear what they thought in their own words.

Louise Poole on Rugby

It’s ‘awards season’ for Premier Rugby, both for the guys on the field (GP Final May 31!) and for our club community officers, who have submitted their community work to be reviewed for this year’s Parliamentary Citizenship Awards. The judges decided the ‘Club of the Year’ programme earlier this morning (but I’m not allowed to reveal the winner just yet!). Until then, here’s a video of Louise Poole, the Head of Sponsorship at EDF Energy and one of the judges for club of the year, talking about EDF Energy’s commitment to Premier Rugby clubs and programmes.