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Sussex RFU wins warm-weather training camp prize at Rugby Expo

07 December 2012

  • Team to be nominated for five-night trip to Portugal
  • Prize was highlight of Expo discussions on grassroots rugby
Jonny Wilkinson during an England training camp at Brown's Sports and Leisure Club

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Sussex RFU were the lucky winners of an all-inclusive five night stay at Brown’s Sports and Leisure Club, announced at Rugby Expo 2012.

The county RFU will be selecting a team from its constituency to use the prize chosen in a random draw on day two of Rugby Expo at Twickenham Stadium by former England captain Phil Vickery.

The prize includes five nights at the popular sports resort in Vilamoura, Portugal, with full access to the site’s facilities including grass and 3G pitches, two gyms, an indoor swimming pool, tennis courts and cross-country running track.

Hadon Westerby, chairman for coaching and playing at Sussex RFU, said: “It was a wonderful surprise to be drawn as the winner of this competition. I am very grateful to Brown’s for providing such a generous prize and I’m sure that I will have no end of worthy community and representative teams who would benefit from such a positive experience.

“This is the second year that I have attended Rugby Expo and I have found it to be extremely useful and inspiring.”

Alan Brown, founder of Brown’s and rugby enthusiast, said: “Our first year at Rugby Expo alongside Rhino Rugby was a very positive experience. It was an excellent networking platform with interesting speakers and exhibitors present.

“We were particularly pleased with the reaction we received from our prize draw competition and we look forward to hosting the Sussex team, nominated by Hadon, and offer them the experience of a warm weather training camp in the Algarve.”

The competition formed part of the event’s strategy of engagement with the grassroots game, which saw community clubs provided with complimentary tickets to attend day two of Rugby Expo.

Delegates were given the opportunity to engage with speakers including RFU chairman Bill Beaumont and rugby development director Steve Grainger, Premiership Rugby chief executive Mark McCafferty and ex England internationals Vickery and Lawrence Dallaglio, as the second day of the event focused on the most pressing issues currently affecting grassroots rugby.