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Premiership Rugby going above and beyond

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Premiership Rugby has been nominated for the Sport Federation / Governing Body of the Year Award at the 2014 Beyond Sport Awards.

"Across the league and all 12 Premiership Rugby clubs, we take our community responsibility very seriously,” said Mark McCafferty, Premiership Rugby chief executive.
"Each year, through our Play and BreakThru campaigns, Premiership Rugby and its 12 clubs work with 310,000 people through rugby for development programmes locally, nationally and internationally.
"Our community programmes go beyond increasing the numbers of people who play rugby using rugby's core values of teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship to change lives and tackle some of the most challenging social agendas.”
The Premiership Rugby Play Campaign tackles inactivity and increases participation in rugby.  Our experienced and enthusiastic community coaches support rugby growth locally, nationally and internationally including in non-traditional and deprived communities. In 2013-14, we coached 160,000 young players and provided playing opportunities through festivals, including the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup festivals, worked with 60,000 primary school children and trained 2,500 teachers to coach tag rugby.
The BreakThru Campaign uses the power of rugby to improve health, education and social change.  Premiership Rugby worked with over 9,000 disengaged and vulnerable young people in 2013-14 helping them to develop confidence, teamwork, personal, life and employability skills to return to education, and start apprenticeships or paid employment.  Our clubs also tackled the national obesity epidemic motivating over 36,000 children and fans to become more active and make healthier lifestyle choices.

The Premiership Rugby HITZ programme which uses rugby to increase young people's resilience, self-reliance and confidence and give them the skills to get back into education, vocational training, apprenticeships and employment has been a success throughout England and has recently expanded to Argentina.
We have also run the TRY Rugby programme to introduce 50,000 Brazilian children to rugby and learning at SESI schools and in surrounding communities.  The programme aims to break down barriers and promote a better understanding of social differences with people from a wide range of cultural and social backgrounds.

"We believe that Premiership Rugby is the only professional sports league to make community programming a requirement for league membership and are proud that we run more than 90 local, national and international programmes together with our clubs,” said Wayne Morris, Community and Corporate Social Responsibility Director, Premiership Rugby.
"Premiership Rugby's community team delivers 180,000 hours of programmes each year involving more than 500 club volunteers, over 140 community development staff with 600 Premiership Rugby players and coaches as role models.
"Every year Premiership Rugby's community programme partners invest almost £2.2 million and we are proud to have the support of Aviva, Land Rover, Barclays, Comic Relief, Wooden Spoon, the Supporters Club, Public Health England, the British Council, SESI and the Equalities and Human Rights Commission to make these programmes possible.
The Beyond Sport Awards will take place this Thursday, October 30 in Johannesburg.