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Community hero George Lambert honoured at House of Commons

Community hero, George Lambert enjoyed a day to remember on Wednesday as he visited the House of Commons in London for the annual Premiership Rugby Parliamentary Awards, returning home with the runners-up gong in the PLAY Award category.

George, 17, from Warmley Park School, has been involved with the Community Foundation for approximately three years through engagement at Warmley Park and was shortlisted by Premiership Rugby in the PLAY Achiever of the Year Award, which recognises those who have overcome physical, cultural or social barriers to become involved in the game whilst embodying the spirit of the PLAY campaign.

Minister for Sport Tracey Crouch was full of praise as five inspiring individuals were honoured at the glittering Premiership Rugby Parliamentary Community Awards at the House of Commons on Wednesday.
Every year hundreds of people up and down the country give their time to help run Premiership Rugby initiatives such as – but not limited to – Aviva Tackling Numbers, HITZ, Project Rugby and Move Like A Pro.

“Sports like rugby have a unique power to improve lives. These inspirational players, volunteers and coaches show how sport teaches important skills, boosts mental and physical health, and brings people together. I am delighted they have been recognised for their work.”

Tracey Crouch, Minister for Sport

And following a tough judging process, 13 were shortlisted for four prizes and travelled to London to rub shoulders with the great and the good of English rugby, such as Olympic silver medallist Marcus Watson and Harlequins’ Dave Ward.

Minister for Sport Tracey Crouch and Paul Farrelly MP, Newcastle Under Lyme, and Vice Chair of the All Party Rugby Union Group, were also present as four winners were chosen to join these names on stage to collect their prizes.

Tracey Crouch said: “Sports like rugby have a unique power to improve lives. These inspirational players, volunteers and coaches show how sport teaches important skills, boosts mental and physical health, and brings people together. I am delighted they have been recognised for their work.”

Paul Farrelly MP said: “In the All Party Rugby Union Group, we know rugby can inspire positive change. It is a pleasure, therefore, for us to host these Awards. I applaud the volunteers, coaches, clubs, charities and players who make these projects happen and look forward to seeing the work continue over the coming years.”

To read more about Premiership Rugby’s community programmes, please visit premiershiprugby.com/in-the-community or join the conversation #RugbyChangingLives


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