COMMUNITY Group partner club Richmond Rugby have been nominated for the Rhino Grassroots Rugby Award.

The club has been shortlisted for their work during lockdown which included the delivery of more than 380 free meals for children across their local borough.

The Community Department ran campaigns in both spring and summer to deliver free meals every day during the lockdown and holiday months to local school children in addition to a wide range of other support offered to their local community.

Richmond Rugby Head of Community, Dom Palacio said: “We are extremely proud to be nominated for the Rhino Grassroots Rugby Award. This nomination is fantastic recognition for our club and our army of volunteers who have been at the forefront of delivering our many community initiatives, including our free school meals programme and our food and collection points. Our thanks must also go to our club partner Community Group, our sponsors and suppliers, as well as our partner schools who have been hugely supportive throughout the year.”

Reg Clark, CEO of Rhino, said: “At a time when their local community really needed support, it was fantastic to see Richmond Rugby step up to the mark and give back to their community. They in many ways represent similar efforts many rugby clubs have given throughout the country. No club could have done more than Richmond has, however, and they are thoroughly deserving of this nomination.”

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