May 11, 2015
Jamie George nominated for Community award
Five Aviva Premiership Rugby stars have been recognised for making a big impact off the field by earning their place on the Aviva Community Player of the Year shortlist.
Jamie George (Saracens), Dom Waldouck (Northampton Saints), Dan Murphy (Gloucester Rugby), Tom Dunn (Bath Rugby) and Dave Ward (Harlequins) are all up for the prize – due to be announced on May 20 – which celebrates players' involvement in their club's community foundations and their work with a variety of other charities.
Premiership Rugby Community and CSR Director Wayne Morris insists that this year's shortlist is evidence of the continuing work done by the league's players in providing a positive impact in local communities.
"We are lucky to have over 600 players who act as great role models and ambassadors within our community work,” Morris said.
"The five guys who have been shortlisted for the award are fantastic examples of players who are helping make a real difference for people in the community.
"The commitment shown by all is brilliant, but these five have gone above and beyond – they have fully engaged in their club's community work, but they have also gotten involved with local charities associated with their clubs.
"In everything they have done there have been real benefits, they have freely given up their time to support young people within programmes or to help develop new projects and fundraising activity through their own profile.”
With the players assisting in the work of 140 community development staff and numerous volunteers across more than 90 national and local programmes, Aviva Premiership Rugby is able to reach in excess of 310,000 young people every year.
"If you look at the shortlist this year you can see a number of different models in how the guys have made those differences. For example Jamie George has become a trustee of the Saracens foundation, while Dan Murphy and Dom Waldouck have donated their time to supporting local charities associated with their clubs," added Morris.
The winners will be announced on Thursday 20 May at the sold out Aviva Premiership Rugby Awards at the Hilton, Park Lane.