- Magnificent new clubhouse earns just reward for Ilkley
- Award is recognition for Ilkley's team effort towards better facilities
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Ilkley RUFC has won an RFU President’s XV Award, supported by QBE, the business insurance specialist.
The club was presented with the Better Facilities award in recognition of the tireless work of its members to improve the facilities.
Since 2007 a fundraising campaign involving the club, the RFU, the RFF, Sport England and the entire Ilkley community has been undertaken to replace the existing changing rooms from 1928. In order to achieve their goal the project became a community sports club rather than rugby club to consolidate fundraising.
The new building opened in September 2011 and has already helped significantly increase the participation in rugby.
Now in its fifth year, the RFU President’s XV Awards seek to identify and reward initiatives that promote the development of rugby at a grassroots level. This year the RFU received 274 entries for the competition’s 15 different categories.
Ilkley RUFC was awarded with a cheque for £500 and a special trophy by Steve Wilkinson, QBE and Richard Appleby, RFU Vice President.
The RFU President’s XV judging panel comprised RFU President Willie Wildash, Immediate Past President John Owen, Rugby Football Union for Women President Gill Burns, England’s most-capped player Jason Leonard and Sally Rockenbach from QBE.
Richard Scargill, Ilkley RUFC Chairman, said: "We’re very pleased to have been selected for this award as it recognises the many members who have worked tirelessly to fundraise for the club over the past few years. The rugby club makes a real difference to the community around us so it’s great to be rewarded in this way.”
RFU President Wildash said: "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 are 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."