We’re looking for your Club of the Year to honour in our inaugural Rugby Paper Awards.
Exeter and Saracens will be close to many fans’ hearts, but it doesn’t have to be one of the giants who carries off this prize.
It could be a Championship or National Leagues team who have surpassed expectation, even a regional side who have enjoyed an outstanding season.
The winner will be decided by your votes.
Make your choice(s) and email to firstname.lastname@example.org or post to Awards, The Rugby Paper, Tuition House, St George’s Road, Wibledon SW19 4EU
The awards list is designed to demonstrate our belief that Rugby Union is about all the participants, not just the famous and multi-talented few at the top of the professional summit.
Indeed, the Club of the Year award is sponsored by My Club, the platform for all grassroots sports.
My Club create bespoke ad-free club websites for grassroots sport. The sites include team sheets, fixtures, leagues, payments and general club information.
They also feature My Club Portal, enabling clubs to raise revenue through a number of unique offers, deals and products – including their own online 50/50 lottery. Find out more at www.myclubgroup.co.uk
So a smaller club who have done much for their community would be entirely suitable for your recommendation.
Whichever club you choose will be honoured at a star-studded lunch at the Twickenham Stoop on Wednesday May 29 in the week before the European Championship final across the road at Twickenham.
Also this week we are highlighting the Shepherd Neame Unsung Hero award which goes to the man or woman who does so much to help your club flourish yet is often happy to stay in the shadows while others receive the acclaim.
This is the person who sweeps the dressing rooms, or makes the teas, or mans the car park come rain or shine. Or even works the bar, which would be highly appropriate since the award is sponsored by Shepherd Neame, the brewer and pub operator who has always been deeply rooted in the community it serves, demonstrating long standing support to sporting activity throughout the South East, from grassroots village teams to the highest professional levels, notably in the fields of rugby and cricket.
It is ten years since The Rugby Paper was launched, just after England’s dramatic march to the World Cup Final of 2007.
And it will be up to you, the readers, who have helped to establish The Rugby Paper as the foremost publication on Rugby Union, to decide who to honour at Harlequins’ ground.
We’d like to hear your choices. Just send us their names and a brief outline of why you have selected them.
Along with the rest of the nominees for the awards listed in the panel on the left, they will be considered by our judges including columnists Jeremy Guscott and Jeff Probyn plus our star writers Nick Cain and Peter Jackson.
The poll will stay open until May 1.
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