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Social inclusion is an important part of community rugby, engaging those who have traditionally had little contact with the game. This can include working with ethnic minorities, in areas of social deprivation or with people with disabilities.
With the facilities, manpower and community engagement enthusiasm your club possesses, you could make a real difference to people in the local area who may otherwise feel socially excluded. The RFU officially recognises clubs who have made a real and enduring effort at social engagement with the Social Inclusion award, a category in the annual President’s XV awards scheme run by the RFU volunteering team.
Clubs have won previous year’s commendations for the likes of establishing a new children’s club in Hackney and linking with a young offenders institute in Essex. Other awards have been given out for projects focussing on work with special needs schools and primary schools in Middlesex and taking rugby to deprived areas of multi-cultural Luton.