Gallagher Rugby Club of the Season 2019-20
Gloucester’s Longlevens RFC named as finalist in first Gallagher ‘Rugby Club of the Season’ competition
In recognition of making the six-club shortlist, Longlevens RFC will receive a money-can’t-buy exclusive training session with stars from Gloucester Rugby and a package of prizes
Longlevens RFC has today been revealed by Gallagher, local insurance broker and proud title partner of Premiership Rugby, as one of only six grassroots rugby clubs that is in with a chance to win the inaugural Gallagher ‘Rugby Club of the Season’ title.
Gallagher’s bid to find its first ‘Rugby Club of the Season’ is a nationwide competition to champion grassroots rugby and inspire the game’s next generation of players. The search began in November 2019 to find local clubs that could demonstrate their contribution to the local community, both on and off-the-pitch; their inclusive approach to providing opportunities in rugby across age, gender, ethnicity and ability; and their innovative ways of increasing participation in the sport at a grassroots level.
Longlevens RFC was primarily recognised for its commitment to inclusivity within the sport through a highly successful mixed ability rugby project, established alongside its traditional grassroots club activity, which removes barriers for young people with additional needs to join a mainstream club. In partnership with The Milestone School, the club started by providing weekly coaching sessions for 15 children; it now engages 125 participants, including young people from three special educational needs (SEN) schools in Gloucestershire and hosted a highly successful tournament between SEN schools – believed to be the first its kind in Europe.
Commenting on the news, Christopher Yorke, Chairman said: “At Longlevens RFC, it has always been our mission to get more young people enjoying rugby. Mixed ability rugby encourages social inclusion, by removing the barriers to participation for people who feel unable to join mainstream clubs due to physical or mental health issues, age or disability. We’re very excited to welcome Gloucester Rugby players to the club and are delighted to have had our efforts recognised by Gallagher.”
As a finalist, Longlevens RFC will receive the skills-sharpening training session with stars from Gloucester, Gilbert training equipment worth up to £1000, and a Gallagher-led business-focused event to help the club and community off-the-pitch.
Following all six finalists’ events, representatives from Gallagher and Premiership Rugby, alongside Gallagher ambassadors and rugby legends Ugo Monye and Danielle ‘Nolli’ Waterman, will decide on the winning club — with a public vote through the club’s social media channels contributing to the overall result. The ultimate winner and Gallagher’s first ‘Rugby Club of the Season’ will then receive an enhanced Gilbert training bundle worth up to £2000, and 100 tickets to the Gallagher Premiership Final 2020.
Sarah Griffiths, Director of Communications for Gallagher in the UK, commented: “At Gallagher our mission is to help individuals and businesses face their future with confidence, which is why we particularly admire Longlevens RFC’s desire to improve the confidence of young people from special educational needs schools by introducing them to rugby. As a local insurance broker, our Rugby Club of the Season competition builds on our commitment to supporting the grassroots game and we look forward to celebrating Longlevens RFC’s work to make the game more accessible.”
To find out more about Gallagher’s involvement in rugby, visit https://www.ajg.com/uk/rugby/gallagher-premiership-rugby/