Members of staff from The Consortium were privileged to join colleagues from Bath Rugby Foundation at the House of Commons for a prestigious awards ceremony.
The All Party Parliamentary Premiership Rugby Union Community Awards, which were held on 24th June 2015, highlight the work of professional rugby clubs who are reaching out to the community in a range of social inclusion initiatives. The Stickability literacy programme was shortlisted for the Break Thru Award, which is designed to reward a programme, or one-off piece of activity, that delivers a significant social change within their community.
The awards were presented by Wayne Morris from Premiership Rugby and were attended by a number of MPs including, amongst others, the Rt. Hon John Whittingdale MP Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and Ben Howlett MP for Bath.
Although ‘Stickability’ narrowly missed out on winning the Break Thru Award, with the judges calling it “a closely-run contest” and “a very hard decision to make”, Bath Rugby Foundation received a highly commended award for the ‘Stickability’ programme which was very well received.
Commenting after the event, Mr Howlett said: “I am really pleased to have been able to attend this evening and I would like to congratulate all those nominated for an award. It’s vital for all our community programmes that each receives the correct funding and support it deserves. Bath Rugby Foundation would not be able to deliver such impactful sports programmes – which are making a tangible difference – without the all-important support they receive from funding.”
Mandy Gardner, general manager from Bath Rugby Foundation continued: “We were delighted to be shortlisted for this award as Stickability is making real differences to young people’s lives and futures. We would not have been able to do this without the special partnership that we have with The Consortium and its wonderful volunteers. This is a model of genuine Corporate Social Responsibility that highlights the true power and impact of business and charity partnerships.”
Everyone at The Consortium would like to extend our congratulations to Bath Rugby Foundation for making the Stickability literacy programme the fantastic success it is.
Photo: From left to right: Stuart Doughty, Trustee from BRF; Ben Howlett MP; Kerry Macey, The Consortium; Jason Robinson, England rugby World Cup winner; Fran Andrews, The Consortium; Vicky Heslop, BRF, Mandy Gardner, BRF.