Dr. Keith Gilbert talks about the Premiership Rugby Community Awards

Following a very successful first round judging session for this year’s Premiership Rugby Parliamentary Rugby Community Awards, Dr Keith Gilbert shares his views on the importance of sport in the community.

Premiership Rugby Community Awards shortlist announced

We are delighted to announce the six finalists for the Premiership Rugby Parliamentary Rugby Community Awards. The awards aim to praise the best community programmes from the 12 Aviva Premiership Clubs.

Clubs entered into three awards; the MBNA Impact award, the Land Rover Innovation award and the Aviva Club of the Year award.

The quality of entries this year was very high, and the judges were impressed with the breadth of programmes. However, there could only be two finalists in each category, and these are:

MBNA Innovation Award
- Bristol Rugby: Inferno. This programme addresses poor conduct and behaviour as well as low educational attainment in Youth Offending Institutions, Secure Units and Pupil Referral Units.
- Worcester Warriors: Midlands Ladies Touch League. This league was launched to encourage and engage more women in taking part in rugby union, as it became clear there was a lack of opportunities for women to play rugby in the region

Land Rover Impact Award
- Bath Rugby: Women and Girls Programme. This is the largest and best established female rugby club in the country, which increases opportunities for female access to physical exercise.
- Worcester Warriors: In Touch. This project works with young people with few or no qualifications and those at high risk of long term unemployment, helping then gain skills, respect and discipline and introducing key skills and qualifications.

Aviva Club of the Year Award
- Leicester Tigers
- Saracens

The shortlisted clubs will now go through to a second round of judging in Parliament, where they will present their cases for why they feel they should win their award. Although we have no idea yet who will win from each category, one thing is beyond dispute – all of the clubs going forward to the final are at the forefront of what they do.

It will be a tough job deciding between them when it comes to the final in July, and we are looking forward to seeing the results.

The Premiership Rugby Community Awards will be presented at a drinks and canapés reception on the 6th July at Portcullis House.