Saracens Sports Foundation’s Scrummy Programme won the BreakThru Award at the All Parliamentary Premiership Rugby Community Awards 2013 in London last night.
The BreakThru Award, supported by Perform, is designed to reward a programme or one off piece of activity that delivers a significant social change in their community.
Saracens had it all their own way in this category with the Scrummy Programme and the Pioneers Programme both nominated but the panel chose Scrummy to win the award.
Scrummy is a health-based project targeted at helping children aged 10-11 establish healthy eating habits.
And sport development manager Simone Shepherd believes the feedback the club received from parents and children alike just shows how successful the project was.
“It is fantastic to win an award and I am really pleased with how the project has gone this year,” said Shepherd. “It is really important to get those key messages about a healthy lifestyle in early because it has been shown the older you get the harder it is to break eating habits.
“We go into schools and teach the kids about health eating and show them how to cook certain meals with their parents and it has proved really successful.
“The showpiece event is a Masterchef- style event where pupils from the different schools compete against one another and we invite their parents and we had our first one this year which was great.
“The feedback we have had from parents has been wonderful which is great to see and I am really pleased with it and am hoping to push it further next year.”
The awards, which are in their eighth year, are being run in association with The All Party Parliamentary Rugby Union Group, Premiership Rugby, and media partner SportBusiness Group. Premiership Rugby’s partners Aviva, Land Rover and Perform Group are each sponsoring an award.
Saracens were also nominated for the Community Impact Award, supported by Aviva, which was given to the club which demonstrates the overall impact their community work has on a range of levels.
Saracens won this award last year but just missed out to Worcester Warriors last night although the judging panel wanted to publicly recognise the magnificant work carried out in the community at Saracens and explain how close the decision had been.