- Olympians add gloss to Manchester RU clubs success
- Awards night glory has extra dazzle for RU winners
Two rugby union clubs were on the podium alongside the great and the good of Manchester Sport recently they were presented with awards in front of 350 guests at the Manchester Sports Awards function at Wythenshawe Forum.
A host of Olympic and Paralympic athletes joined Jeff Burn, the President of Didsbury TOC H RUFC, and Barrie Carroll from Old Bedians RFC at the event, which was organised by Manchester City Council and recognises the achievements of sports clubs, coaches, athletes, schools and volunteers in the region.
Didsbury TOC H were winners of the Club of the Year Trophy, a tribute to the work the club have put into their local community, as well as the efforts made to raise £1.1million for an RFU backed new changing rooms and clubhouse re-furbishment project.
Old Bedians stalwart Barrie Carroll received the Unsung Hero Award for his work as a volunteer in numerous capacities at the club since 1957.
Cllr Rosa Battle, Manchester City Council Executive Member for Culture and Leisure said: "It's been a remarkable sporting year and the Manchester Sports Awards give us the chance to celebrate the achievements and contribution made by local teams and individuals who thoroughly deserve recognition.
"This year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games have proved truly inspirational and local clubs and coaches provide people with the opportunity to participate and develop in sport. Manchester is a world-renowned sporting city and that reputation would not exist without grass roots support that could well produce the elite athletes of the future."