GRASSROOTS projects aiming to get more young people playing rugby have been honoured at a Westminster award ceremony hosted by Rugby’s MP.
Mark Pawsey, Parliamentary Ambassador for the Rugby World Cup 2015, welcomed representatives from top professional Rugby clubs and their community staff to the Premiership Rugby Awards in Westminster.
Winners included Bristol Rugby’s Eagle Project – which is designed to introduce girls to rugby – and Jeremy Bristoe, who runs a tag rugby team for disabled youngsters at Witney Wolves.
After the ceremony Mr Pawsey said: “These awards just go to show what a difference rugby clubs can make. We should all give our congratulations to these outreach programmes which are keeping the game alive in communities around the UK – and changing lives at the same time.
“Long after the England World Cup 2015 has rolled out of town, these projects will be rugby’s legacy. As an enthusiast of the game, I will continue to do all I can to ensure the event is a great success. It is imperative that we make the most of the opportunities the tournament will bring, as we are doing in our local area, and encourage more people to participate in the sport of rugby.”