Sports Community Club of the Year

Cheltenham Rugby Club was awarded “Sports Community Club of the Year” in a glittering ceremony on Thursday 17 November promoted by the Gloucestershire Echo.

This award is given annually to the club which has excelled in the delivery of sport to people in the community in a safe, supportive and quality environment. This category is sponsored by Cheltenham Racecourse and the function was held in the Gold Cup suite, attended by over 200 people from all over Gloucestershire.

BBC compere John Inverdale told the audience that local charities, using the Newlands Park, had raised in excess of £50,000 during the last two years and funds had been donated to local hospices, Riding for the Disabled and a Rugby charity for injured players. The venue had also been given free-of-charge access to their 19 acres site to over 30 local schools. Additionally, students from the University of Gloucestershire had benefitted from match day first aid, tackling injuries and coaching.

The latest ‘Community’ project in the course of construction is a floodlit Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) and this facility will be available for hire by local residents, businesses and schools from January. The MUGA can be used for netball, basketball and 5-a-side soccer, fitness training and coaching. Fun events will be encouraged.

Club Finance Officer Rod Harris and Ladies player Lauren Morton accepted the accolade on behalf of the club.

This is the second year in succession that the town club has reached the finals.