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Winners of the 2012 RFU President's XV Awards, supported by QBE, announced

15 March 2012

  • 15 clubs named as 2012 winners of RFU President's XV Awards
  • "These clubs are at the heart and soul of rugby" - Wildash
Exeter Saracens have been recognised by the RFU President's XV awards for their development of women and girls' coaching

Photo: RFU Archive

Fifteen rugby clubs across the country have been named as the 2012 winners of the RFU President’s XV Awards, supported by QBE.

The Awards, supported by QBE, Official Insurance Partner of England Rugby, were launched in October last year by RFU President Willie Wildash, 2003 Rugby World Cup winner Joe Worsley and England Women’s star Maggie Alphonsi. Winners have been chosen by a panel of judges who sought to identify and reward initiatives that promote the development of rugby at a grassroots level.

The winning club in each of the 15 categories will receive £500, with two Runners Up projects in each category receiving £100 for their club.

President's XV Winning Clubs:

PXV Trophy Winning Club
Choose Rugby - Player Recruitment Campaign Old Rutlishians FC
This is Rugby – Discipline HMP The Mount RFC
More Volunteers Farnham RUFC
Better Referees Hertfordshire Society of Ref's
Playing Opportunities Sandbach RUFC
High Quality Coaching Dorchester RFC
Better Facilities Ilkley RUFC
Women and Girls Development Exeter Saracens RFC
Community Links Streatham-Croydon RFC
Schools Development Ealing Trailfinders RFC
Student Players Henley College Coventry
Fundraising Thurrock RFC
Comms & Technology

Weymouth RFC
Young Volunteers (vRugby) University College London Women's
Seal of Approval Club of the Year Hitchin RFC

Willie Wildash, RFU President, said it had a "phenomenal year" for entries with fierce competition.

He added: "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 named here, as well as all of the others who submitted entries, are clubs doing a great job at the grassroots end of our game, across many important development areas.

Ilkley RFC's new clubhouse which won the better facilities prize in the RFU President's XV awards 

Photo: RFU Archive

"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.”

Elliot Miller, General Manager UK National, QBE European Operations, said: "Initiatives such as this are vital to recognise and reward clubs whose work has helped to develop and strengthen the game at a grassroots level.

"The ideas put in place here are entrepreneurial and original and will provide inspiration to clubs nationwide."

President's XV Runners Up:

PXV Category Runners Up
Choose Rugby - Player Recruitment Campaign Feltham RFC
Bury St Edmunds RFC and Suffolk College
This is Rugby – Discipline Hampshire RFU safe guarding team
Upper Clapton RFC
More Volunteers Old Colfeians RFC
Weymouth RFC
Better Referees Staffordshire Rugby Union Society of Refs
Stoke-on-Trent RUFC
Playing Opportunities Old Rishworthians RUFC
Plymstock Albion Oaks RFC
High Quality Coaching Birmingham & Solihull RFC
Stratford on Avon RFC
Better Facilities Castle Cary RFC
Egremont RUFC
Women and Girls Development Upper Clapton RFC & West Essex SSP
Old Emanuel RFC
Community Links Oakmeadians RFC
Warrington RUFC
Schools Development Lowestoft & Yarmouth RFC
Broad Plain RFC
Student Players Nottingham Casuals RFC
Old Emanuel RFC
Fundraising Preston Grasshoppers RFC
Harwich & Dovercourt Rugby
Comms & Technology Lancashire County RFU
Streatham-Croydon RFC
Young Volunteers (vRugby) Birmingham Exiles RFC
University of Warwick
Seal of Approval Club of the Year Wharfedale RUFC
Richmond RFC

For further details on the winning clubs in the President’s XV scheme visit www.rfu.com/presidentsxv or www.qberugby.com