Premiership Rugby announced that Bristol Rugby, Sale Sharks and Saracens have been shortlisted for the BreakThru Award supported by TNT Express at the prestigious All Party Parliamentary Rugby Union Group Premiership Rugby Community Awards.
The BreakThru Award supported by TNT Express is an honour granted to clubs who use rugby to develop change in local communities through health, educational and social outcomes. This year’s shortlisted clubs’ programmes are:
Bristol Rugby are nominated for The Phoenix Project – Bright Sparks programme, which works with secondary schools to help ‘at risk’ young people.
Sale Sharks received the nod for their RuFIT programme, which aims to develop the fitness of men between the ages of 30-65.
Saracens are being championed for their Sarries’ Skills Club, a programme that provides a positive sporting experience for people at the severe end of the autistic spectrum.
The awards, now in their ninth year, feature four different categories: the Play Award supported by the All Party Parliamentary Rugby Union Group, the BreakThru Award supported by TNT Express, the Community Impact Award supported by Aviva and, new for 2014, the Community Champion Award supported by Land Rover.
The winners will be announced at an award ceremony hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Rugby Union Group in the prestigious Members’ Dining Room at the House of Commons on 3 July. The awards will be attended by a number of MPs, commercial partners and Rugby World Cup winner Jason Robinson.
Saracens Sport Foundation Manager Sam Fulling said: “We are delighted to have been nominated for the BreakThru Award which is just recognition for all the staff and volunteers involved. The project is truly making a difference to the lives of these young people and their families and we are pleased to be able to further awareness of autism.”