Paula Bradbury pictured here with Tracey Crouch Sport’s Minister is building on the success of her recent Mitsubishi award and has now won the 2017 Premiership Rugby Parliamentary Community Awards – Community Volunteer of the year award.
The 2017 Premiership Rugby Parliamentary Community Awards recognise those who have contributed to their community programmes and those who have been transformed by them.
“It’s about people positively engaging and overcoming adversity through sport,” said sports minister Tracey Crouch, who was at the ceremony
Paula was nominated by Sale Sharks for her outstanding contribution in helping establish the women’s game in Greater Manchester.
“Three years ago my daughter wanted to play rugby, but she didn’t want to play with boys,” explained Paula after being named Community Volunteer of the Year.
“At that point it was her and a few other girls who had brothers who played – and it went from there really.”
Paula set up and now runs the girls’ and women’s teams at Winnington Park RFC near Northwich and gets involved at county level as well. She has even started playing rugby in the past year.
(Courtesy of BBC & Sale Sharks)
CHESHIRE CUP (games to be played 25/08-28/08/2017)
MACCLESFIELD v CALDY SALE v CHESTER
The Cup Final will be played Saturday 31/03/2018 venue TBA
Preliminary Round- NORTHWICH.v. STOCKPORT (game to be played between 05-08-2017 and 25-08-2017)
AlLTRINCHAM KERSAL v WIRRAL CREWE & NANTWICH v BIRKENHEAD PARK NORTHWICH or STOCKPORT v LYMM SANDBACH v WILMSLOW
The Semi-finals of the Vase Competition will be played on Saturday 14/10/2017
1st ROUND (to be played 25/08-28/08/2017
NEW BRIGHTON v. DOUGLAS 2nd xv WINNINGTON PARK .v ANSELMIANS DUKINFIELD v PORT SUNLIGHT CONGLETON v HOYLAKE
The Semi-finals of the Bowl Competition will be played on Saturday 14/10/2017
Preliminary round (to be played between 5/08 – 25/08/2017)
WESTERN VIKINGS v SOUTHERN NOMADS
OXTON PARKONIANS V ELLESEMERE PORT
HELSBY V PRENTON
1st ROUND to be played BH weekend 25/08-28/08/2017
OLDERSHAW v HELSBY or PRENTON
KNUTSFORD v MOORE
WALLASEY v WESTERN VIKINGS OR SOUTHERN NOMADS
OXTON or ELLESMERE PORT v HOLMES CHAPEL
The Semi-finals of the Plate Competition will be played on Saturday 14/10/2017
Congratulations to Richard Graham from Chester and Paula Bradbury from Winnington Park who are photographed receiving their Cheshire Mitsubishi awards at the recent presentations in the Gallagher’s dealerships of Sandycroft and Warrington. They now go forward to the National final at Twickenham on September 15th, where the three overall winners will be announced with the prize being the use of a Mitsubishi vehicle for a year.
Richard set up touch rugby at MBNA business and now has a base of 75 people playing the game during the week. He has also taken ownership of the O2 touch programme at Chester which was floundering till his agreement now has seen the membership of touch at the club exceed 150 members with 5 of them representing England group levels.
Richard commented “I am honoured to have been nominated for the award and it was an amazing surprise to go on to be representing this region in the national final. I feel that without the hard work of others at the club, I would not be in this position and would like to thank all involved at Chester RUFC and Chester Cheetahs Touch Club for their continued support. I have to say that I just wanted people to play Touch with, and what we have achieved at the club makes me very proud to be part of it!”
Paula has helped to setup and run a girls and ladies section at Winnington. With her constant work Winnington now have girls at all ages for next season and a women’s team also. She also heads up the running and co-ordination of the County girls programme alongside the girl’s rugby and running her own age group. Paula helps to lead the Cheshire W&G Forum and attends all the CBRDP meetings within Cheshire and supporting the development of PFR across the county for W&G.
Paula says “I know there are many other deserving volunteers out there, but I’m grateful for the recognition because it brings public awareness to girls and ladies rugby and what we are trying to achieve, which is to give everyone the opportunity to take part in this great game, no matter age, ability and previous experience. There is a place for everyone on a rugby pitch and I feel proud to be able to help with moving this area of the game forward. “
We wish them every success and hope they enjoy their weekend
- England Counties U20 beat Holland A 36-8
- Counties score five tries in impressive performance
- Click here to read the story on EnglandRugby.com
England Counties U20 began their tour of the Netherlands with a 36-8 win over Holland A at the National Stadium in Amsterdam.
A physical Holland side put pressure on the visitors early on but England’s defence held firm and they took a 3-0 after 10 minutes with a penalty from Fraser Honey.
The hosts soon levelled the score before Counties began to assert control over the game. After 20 minutes Nick Ashcroft scored an impressive try after multiple phases which Honey converted.
Winger Charlie Venebales and scrum-half Josh Nott then dotted down soon after with Honey slotting both conversions to make it 24-3 at half time.
England began the second half with all the momentum and scored early on through Ollie Burgess who pounced on an error from the hosts to dive over from two metres out. The conversion was missed making it 29-3.
And the scored stayed that way for most of the second half with both sides showing their defensive strength.
But England were able to extend their lead when Connor Wilkinson got on the end of another error to touch down under the posts which was once again converted.
Holland were able to grab a late consolation try to make it 36-8 at the final whistle in what proved to be a good test for England Counties ahead of a match against a Holland side featuring the majority of the senior team in Watergaareden in North Holland this Saturday, 2.30pm kick off.
England Counties U20
- Seb Brownhill (Bishop’s Stortford/Hertfordshire)
- Chris Taylor (Preston GrassHoppers/Cheshire)
- Karl Garside (Old Albanians/Herfordshire)
- Cameron Gray (Coventry/Warwickshire)
- Nick Ashcroft (Fylde/Lancashire)
- Seb Cecil (University of Nottingham and Nottingham Academy/East Midlands)
- Bailey (Bournemouth/Loughborough and Dorset & Wiltshire)
- Sam Hudson (Otley and Loughborough University/Yorkshire)
- Josh Nott (Broadstreet and Nottingham Academy/Warwickshire)
- Fraser Honey (Cornish All Blacks/Cornwall)
- Tom Carleton (Fylde and Manchester Met/Lancashire)
- Connor Wilkinson (Fylde and Manchester Met/Lancashire)
- Ollie Burgess (Old Albanians/East Midlands)
- Charlie Venables (Leeds Beckett/Cheshire)
- Tobias Robinson (St Austell/Cornwall)
- John Whittaker (Sandbach/Cheshire)
- Griffi Whitson (Reading University/Berkshire)
- William Dennis (Harrogate/Yorkshire)
- Tui Uru (Ipswich/Eastern Counties)
- Rob Fogerty(Brighton Blues/Sussex)
- Matt Bendin (Hertfordshire)
- Will Luxford (Old Elthamians/Kent)
- England Counties U20 to play Netherlands A on Wednesday
- The team will be captained by Cheshire’s Chris Taylor
- Read the article on EnglandRugby.com
England Counties U20 have selected their side to face Netherlands A on Wednesday in Amsterdam.
The side will be captained by Chris Taylor of Cheshire with Conor Wilkinson of Lancashire as vice-captain.
The match will kick off at 6.30pm (BST) at the National Rugby Centre in Amsterdam and will be followed by another clash between the two sides on Saturday, 10 June.
The team will be led by Head Coach Richie Williams as well as forwards coach Paul Arnold.
“This is an exciting opportunity for these players to showcase their talent and develop their decision making and leadership qualities,” said chairman of selectors John Young.
“Their selection is the culmination of hard work, diligence and enthusiasm to succeed.”
England Counties U20s:
1 Seb Brownhill (Bishop’s Stortford/Hertfordshire) 2 Chris Taylor (Preston GrassHoppers/Cheshire) 3 Karl Garside (Old Albanians/Herfordshire) 4 Cameron Gray (Coventry/Warwickshire) 5 Nick Ashcroft (Fylde/Lancashire) 6 Seb Cecil (University of Nottingham and Nottingham Academy/East Midlands) 7 Rahat Choudhury (University of Nottingham and Nottingham Academy/ Notts,Lincs, and Derby) 8 Sam Hudson (Otley and Loughborough University/Yorkshire) 9 Josh Nott (Broadstreet and Nottingham Academy/Warwickshire) 10 Fraser Honey (Cornish All Blacks/Cornwall) 11 Tom Carleton (Fylde and Manchester Met/Lancashire) 12 Connor Wilkinson (Fylde and Manchester Met/Lancashire) 13 Ollie Burgess (Old Albanians/East Midlands) 14 Charlie Venables (Leeds Beckett/Cheshire) 15 Tobias Robinson (St Austell/Cornwall)
16 John Whittaker (Sandbach/Cheshire) 17 Griffi Whitson (Reading University/Berkshire) 18 William Dennis (Harrogate/Yorkshire) 19 Sam Bailey (Bournemouth/Loughborough and Dorset & Wiltshire) 20 Tui Uru (Ipswich/Eastern Counties) 21 Rob Fogerty(Brighton Blues/Sussex) 22 Matt Bendin (Hertfordshire) 23 Will Luxford (Old Elthamians/Kent)