- Two awards for Loughborough University
- BOOST volunteering scheme praised
Loughborough University’s outstanding contribution to rugby has been recognised with two special presentations.
Ian Elvin, chairman of the Students RFU, presented a silver salver to Loughborough for the outstanding contribution they have made to the student game.
This is the first time that this award has ever been made to a university and demonstrates the excellence achieved in volunteering through the BOOST project as well as ‘stand-out’ achievements in participation and performance including winning this season’s SSE National Two North title.
"For many years Loughborough University have set the standards in performance sport, including rugby union," Elvin said.
"They have provided many players for England Students, including a good number who have gone on to higher honours in the game.
"Loughborough University have won University Championships on a number of occasions and in all their rugby engagement have always sought continuous improvement.
"Over recent years the University and Loughborough Students RFC have made a significant contribution to the community game, including those less advantaged, as well as achieving considerable success in the RFU national leagues. The SRFU is proud to recognise these many achievements with the award ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Student Game’".
Bob Reeves, RFU Junior Vice-President, presented a plaque from the RFU to recognise the all-round contribution that Loughborough has made to English rugby and for enhancing the image of university sport across the whole rugby community.
Peter Bath, the RFU National Students Development Manager, said: “Loughborough is a great example of a university that has focussed on development of its students through rugby. The reward is outstanding performances on the pitch and in the community.”
The presentations were made during the half-time interval of Loughborough Students’ match against the Barbarians at the university’s new Holywell Park stadium.
The gifts were received on behalf of the University and Loughborough Students RFC by Chris Earl, the university’s Director of Sport, and Alan Buzza, the university’s Performance Sport Manager.
The BOOST charitable trust was established in 2005 with the aims of Building On Overlooked Sporting Talent.
The Loughborough BOOST project is aimed at giving children in Leicester the opportunity to benefit from the values of rugby to help them improve in their everyday lives.