• Marc Luther Thomas

RFU Proud to Support the National Rugby Awards

Zeus Events is delighted to announce the Rugby Football Union (‘RFU’) will join this year’s judging panel for the National Rugby Awards, which takes place at Twickenham Stadium on Thursday 29 August.

The National Rugby Awards celebrates every rugby union club across all the leagues in England. The awards, which are now in their fifth year, recognise the outstanding work of the coaches, players, supporters and volunteers across England. Awards include Club of the Year, Coach of the Year and the men’s and women’s Player of the Year.

The RFU will have two representatives joining the two judging panels for the awards, one for the Senior awards and one for the Minis, Juniors and Under 18s awards. Mark Saltmarsh, Head of Education and Age Grade Rugby - RFU, will join the Minis, Juniors and Under 18s judging panel while Natasha Routledge, Head of Community Rugby Operations - RFU, will join the senior panel.

Adam Clayton, Co-Founder of Zeus Events, said: ‘We are very proud to announce the RFU’s support for this year’s National Rugby Awards. As the sport’s governing body in England, the RFU recognises the importance of the National Rugby Awards in celebrating every club, player and volunteer across all the leagues in the country, from grassroots through to elite. We’re looking forward to working closely with the RFU to help drive their key messages into the rugby community, especially around player retention from youth to senior club rugby.’

Steve Grainger, Rugby Development Director at the RFU, said: ‘We’re delighted to be supporting the National Rugby Awards, who recognise the dedicated rugby players, coaches, volunteers and clubs that help build such a strong foundation for the sport in England. Grassroots rugby is hugely important in this country and these awards celebrate all those who dedicate themselves for the greater good of the game, both on and off the field. It is exciting to be working with the National Rugby Awards to provide the recognition those individuals and teams deserve.’

Nominations are now closed for the National Rugby Awards but you can still buy tickets for the event at www.nationalrugbyawards.co.uk

Editor’s notes:

NATIONAL RUGBY AWARDS The National Rugby Awards were created in 2015 to honour the achievements of every rugby club in the country and to celebrate the coaches, players and supporters for their dedication, commitment and enthusiasm. The National Rugby Awards recognises all those who contribute in so many ways to the great game of rugby in England. Senior categories:

· Rugby Team of the Year – Male

· Rugby Team of the Year – Female

· Rugby Coach of the Year

· Men’s Player of the Year

· Women’s Player of the Year

· Referee of the Year

· School of the Year

· Rugby Club Volunteer of the Year

· Facility Development of the Year

· Club Sponsor of the Year

· Rugby Club of the Year

· Rugby Lifetime Achievement Award

You can nominate at the following link: www.nationalrugbyawards.co.uk/nominations/

ZEUS EVENTS Zeus Events was founded in 2013 by former professional rugby players and brothers Darren and Adam Clyaton. Today, Zeus Events is a leading event management company working with some of the biggest companies in the world. Zeus offers a variety of different and exciting events in three main areas - Zeus Corporate, Zeus Testimonial and Zeus Cycling. Zeus Events are rights holders of the National Rugby Awards and Women’s Tour of Scotland.

You can find out more about Zeus Events by visiting: www.zeusevents.co.uk RFU The Rugby Football Union is the national governing body for grassroots and elite rugby in England. Its purpose is to encourage rugby, and its values, to flourish across England. Rugby’s core values are:

Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline, Sportsmanship

The RFU is a members’ organisation of professional and amateur rugby clubs and a society registered under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act, reinvesting all profits back into the sport.