- Devon Club winners in RFU President’s XV Awards
- Exeter Saracens scoop Women and Girls Development award
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Exeter Saracens RFC has won an RFU President’s XV Award, supported by QBE, the business insurance specialist.
The Devon-based club was presented with the Women and Girls Development award for the team’s continuous hard work over the past year to promote girls rugby and get more people involved in the sport. The team achieved a vast increase in attendance though Tag festivals, referee courses, girls’ rugby fun days, rugby skills sessions with an RAF outreach team, prize giving and a Q&A from former England Captain Catherine Spencer and Denise Hodge outlining the player pathway.
Now in its sixth 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 categories.
Exeter Saracens RFC were presented with a cheque for £500 and a special trophy by Bob Reeves, RFU, Junior 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.
Dave Turner, Exeter Saracens RFC, said: “We’re so pleased to have won the Girls Development Award. We’re really proud of all the achievements we have made at the club to support girls’ rugby in the local community, and to be recognised for the team’s efforts is such an honour.”
Willie Wildash, RFU President, 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.”