The national Community Champion Award winner will be selected from the Premiership Rugby club nominees and announced at an award ceremony hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Rugby Union Group in the prestigious Members' Dining Room at the House of Commons on 3 July.
The nominee from Sharks Community Trust is Peter Gore, for his outstanding efforts at Bolton Rugby Club. Below is an extract from the application form.
Peter has been fundamental in the organisation of activities with Bolton RUFC, arranging events for players and parents, sourcing employment for senior players so that they can continue to play, liaising with organisations in the wider community to create awareness, not only of traditional rugby and Bolton RUFC, but Anti Hate Crime and Touch Rugby. Not only did he arrange for the provision of the redundant kit for junior players at Bolton High School, he personally, came and collected the items from Sale Sharks and delivered them to the school. Additionally, he then set up a presentation at the school, to co-incide with a player appearance and arranged for coverage in the local newspaper.
All these events not only serve Bolton RUFC, but the local community as well. Furthermore, the days/events are always well run, welcoming and friendly. Peter Gore is an inspiration to all. We believe that Peter Gore should be recognised and rewarded for his commitment to rugby in the community because of his passion, enthusiasm and sheer hard work in arranging all the events he does.
The All Party Parliamentary Rugby Union Group Premiership Rugby Awards, now in their ninth year, feature four different categories: the Play Award supported by the All Party Parliamentary Rugby Union Group, the BreakThru Award supported by TNT Express, the Community Impact Award supported by Aviva and, new for 2014, the Community Champion Award supported by Land Rover.
The awards will be attended by a number of MPs, commercial partners and Rugby World Cup winner Jason Robinson.
"Land Rover is committed to supporting grassroots rugby through programmes such as the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup, Premiership Rugby Academies and HITZ. As such we are proud to be able to partner with the Premiership Rugby Community Champion Award," said Richard Duncan, Sponsorship and Partnership Manager, Land Rover UK.
"The award recognises the crucial and important work that often goes unseen during the rugby season, so it is vital that we recognise these contributions to both the game and our local communities."
"Choosing a shortlist for the Community Champion Award proved very difficult, with so many worthy nominees," said Sarah Mockford, Community Champion judge and Rugby World deputy editor.
"It's great to see professional clubs recognising those who help to drive rugby forward at an amateur level."
Community Champion Nominees
Jimmy Deane - Bath Rugby
Will Rattray - Harlequins
Jonathan Barker - London Irish
Nikki Worsdell - London Wasps
Max Proud - Newcastle Falcons
Pennie Crow and Neil Chater - Northampton Saints
Peter Gore - Sale Sharks
Chris Durward-Akhurst - Saracens
We wish Peter all the best for Thursday.