Winners Announced for the 2012 RFU President’s XV Awards


 Winners Announced for the 2012 RFU President’s XV Awards, Supported by QBE

On Thursday 15th March 15 rugby clubs across the country were named as the 2012 winners of the RFU President’s XV Awards, supported by QBE. The winning club in each of the 15 categories will receive £500, with two Runners Up projects in each category receiving £100 for their club.

The Awards, supported by QBE, Official Insurance Partner of England Rugby, were launched in October last year by RFU President Willie Wildash, 2003 Rugby World Cup winner Joe Worsley and England Women’s star Maggie Alphonsi. Winners have been chosen by a panel of judges who sought to identify and reward initiatives that promote the development of rugby at a grassroots level.

The Winning Clubs are:

PXV Trophy Winning Club
Choose Rugby – Player Recruitment Campaign Old Rutlishians FC
This is Rugby – Discipline HMP The Mount RFC
More Volunteers – Farnham RUFC
Better Referees – Hertfordshire Society of Ref’s
Playing Opportunities – Sandbach RUFC
High Quality Coaching – Dorchester RFC
Better Facilities – Ilkley RUFC
Women and Girls Development – Exeter Saracens RFC
Community Links Streatham – Croydon RFC
Schools Development – Ealing Trailfinders RFC
Student Players – Henley College Coventry
Fundraising – Thurrock RFC
Comms & Technology – Weymouth RFC
Young Volunteers (vRugby) – University College London Women’s
Seal of Approval Club of the Year – Hitchin RFC

Elliot Miller, General Manager UK National, QBE European Operations,commented:

“QBE is proud to support the RFU President’s XV Awards once again as part of our commitment to rugby. Initiatives such as this are vital to recognise and reward clubs whose work has helped to develop and strengthen the game at a grassroots level. The ideas put in place here are entrepreneurial and original and will provide inspiration to clubs nationwide”.

Willie Wildash, RFU President, said:

“It’s been a phenomenal year for entries and as ever the competition was fierce. The quality of entries was very high this year and this made life difficult for the panel of judges. All the winners and runners up named here, as well as all of the others who submitted entries, are clubs doing a great job at the grassroots end of our game, across many important development areas. These clubs are the heart and soul of rugby and it’s wonderful to be able to acknowledge and appreciate the hard work put in by all the volunteers involved.”