Gallagher is on the hunt for its first ever ‘Rugby Club of the Season’, after launching the competition which is open to local grassroots clubs catering for all ages and abilities.
With the chance to win a money-can’t-buy package of prizes — including a skills-sharpening training session with stars from their local Gallagher Premiership club, Gilbert training equipment worth up to £3000, 100 tickets to the 2020 Gallagher Premiership Final and a business-focused event to help the club and community face their future with confidence — the search is on to find a club embracing inclusion and innovation to ensure the whole community benefits from greater participation and involvement in the game.
To win, clubs will need to demonstrate their contribution to the local community, both on and off-the-pitch; their inclusive approach to providing opportunities in rugby across age, gender, ethnicity and ability; and their innovative ways of increasing participation in the game. Photos and videos documenting club stories and their community contribution are actively encouraged alongside written submissions.
Rugby legends and Gallagher ambassadors Ugo Monye and Danielle ‘Nolli’ Waterman will form part of the judging panel, alongside representatives from Gallagher and Premiership Rugby — with a public vote through the shortlisted clubs’ social media channels contributing to the overall result.
Former England international and 2014 Rugby World Cup winner, Nolli Waterman, commented: “Active, engaged and ambitious community-based rugby is the ultimate lifeblood of the professional game. Without grassroots clubs inspiring the next generation of players and new waves of fans, fierce-fought competitions like Gallagher Premiership Rugby would not exist. So I’ll be on the lookout for clubs that demonstrate how integral they are to their local communities and are finding innovative ways of growing and maintaining support.”
Harlequins legend and Former England Rugby International Ugo Monye, said: “Grassroots rugby clubs are the start of so many people’s journeys. They introduce individuals to the core values of rugby and provide a foundation of skills – not just for on-pitch playing but helping them to face the various challenges life brings by building confidence, respect, resilience and a sense of community. So it’s really important we recognise the incredible work they do and the inclusive way they encourage participation in the game.”
Chris Mead, Chief Marketing Officer for Gallagher, commented: “Our inaugural Rugby Club of the Season competition builds on our commitment to supporting the grassroots game and helping the next generation of players, coaches and clubs face their future with confidence. As a local insurance broker, we want clubs to demonstrate their contribution to the local community, both on and off the pitch. And we look forward to celebrating the inclusive and innovative ways clubs are increasing participation in the game up and down the country.”
To enter visit premiershiprugby.com/gallaghercompetition and demonstrate your club’s true ‘community spirit’ and impact.
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