Shortlist For All Party Parliamentary Premiership Rugby Community Awards Announced

PREMIERSHIP RUGBY today confirmed that Saracens and Northampton Saints will do battle for one of the most important awards in the rugby calendar.

The Aviva Premiership Rugby duo have been shortlisted in the Aviva Club of the Year category at the prestigious All Party Parliamentary Premiership Rugby Community Awards, which will be held on 27 June at the House of Commons.

The awards, which are in their seventh year, are being run in association with The All Party Parliamentary Rugby Union Group, Premiership Rugby, partners Aviva, Land Rover and J.P. Morgan Asset Management, and media partner SportBusiness Group.

Clubs will be competing for three awards; the Land Rover Innovation Award which celebrates work which creates innovative social or community programmes; the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Impact Award, an accolade for an established programme which clearly demonstrates the positive impact it has made on a particular social issue; and the Aviva Club of the Year Award, presented to the club which demonstrates overall excellence in their community work.

The winners will be announced at an evening reception at the historic Churchill Room at the House of Commons.

Saracens won the Aviva Club of the Year award in 2011 and again impressed an impressive panel of judges, this time joined on the shortlist by Northampton Saints.

The 12 Premiership Rugby clubs deliver over 150,000 hours of community programming each year and community engagement is at an all-time high. These awards recognise the depth and breadth of work going on around the country as well as rewarding the most impactful clubs and providing best practice examples for other clubs to use.

Mark McCafferty, Chief Executive of Premiership Rugby, said “Playing an active role in their communities is vital for our clubs, and these awards are just one of the ways we showcase the great work they do.

“I know the judges had a tough job bringing the shortlists down and I’d like to commend each programme that made it through. They should all be proud of making it this far.

“In addition to promoting the spirit and values of rugby union, every club works alongside charities, the private sector and the Government in tackling diverse social issues, such as numerical skills and social inclusion.”

Saracens were also shortlisted for the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Impact Award for their Love to Danceprogramme alongside Bristol Rugby’s Bright Sparks, and Gloucester’s Community Heritage project.

Completing a hat-trick for Saracens the London club were also shortlisted for the Land Rover Innovation Award, with their  Get Onside Project, emerging from a tough field onto the shortlist with Northampton Saints for their Club Apprenticeship Scheme.

On behalf of the All Party Parliamentary Rugby Union Group Paul Farrelly, MP, said: “The All Party Group congratulates each of the clubs who are shortlisted for this year’s Awards. Rugby Union’s community work has grown each year and the quality and commitment of the community teams is admirable. Sport can make a real difference to changing people’s lives. These Awards prove it.”

Full Shortlist

Land Rover Innovation Award


Northampton Saints – Club Apprenticeship Scheme

Saracens -The Get Onside Project


J.P. Morgan Asset Management Impact Award


Bristol Rugby – Bright Sparks

Saracens – Love To Dance Programme

Gloucester Rugby – Community Heritage Project


Aviva Club of the Year


Northampton Saints



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