Saracens announced as winners of Premiership Rugby Community Club of the Year award

We are delighted that last week’s Premiership Rugby Parliamentary Rugby Community Awards saw Saracens score the Club of the Year award for the third year running.

Their secret?

The judges felt that the club’s reach – 75,000 people engaged over one year, with 25 separate programmes and almost 27,000 hours of community work – was so wide that it stood out from the other entries.

Also named as winners on the night were Bath Rugby and Bristol Rugby in the Innovation and Impact categories respectively.

Bath Rugby won the Innovation award for their Women and Girls programme, which works with girls and women age seven plus. The judges felt the increased opportunities provided for a group that is traditionally difficult to engage in sport made this a winning entry.

Bristol Rugby won the Impact award for their Inferno programme, which re-engages young offenders and youths with behavioural problems with education, employment and sport. With youth crime costing UK taxpayers £23million per week, the judges felt the impact this programme had on young people’s lives and the wider community was highly impressive.

The three winning clubs battled for top places after being shortlisted alongside Leicester Tigers (Aviva Club of the Year) and Worcester Warriors (Land Rover Impact Award and MBNA Innovation Award) in the first round of the awards, which are dedicated to highlighting best practice in community rugby.

The community team feel very priviledged to be working with such inspirational clubs, who truly make a difference to their local areas and beyond.