BURTON RFC have been visited by England legend Martin Corry after winning an RFU award.
The Crofters were named ‘Pride of the Midlands’ after a search by the RFU and sponsors NatWest to find the best-supported grassroots rugby club in England.
Corry – who captained England, won 64 caps and played for Leicester Tigers in a distinguished career – came to Peel Croft at the weekend.
The 40-year-old said: “Huge congratulations to everyone associated with Burton Rugby Club, not only for the effort they put into winning the NatWest Pride of the Midlands title but also for the spirit they have shown in coming down to support their club over the NatWest RugbyForce weekend.
“I really enjoyed getting stuck in with the DIY projects around the club on Saturday and I wish Burton all the success for the future.”
The Crofters were one of almost 500 clubs who took part in the project, where volunteers all congregate over one weekend to help improve clubs’ facilities.
Over the past few weeks NatWest and the RFU received more than 40,000 votes for the Pride of the Nation competition as they encouraged clubs from around the country to demonstrate the strength of their local support by calling on all members, friends and the local community to vote for them online and help reach the top of their regional leader board.
After drumming up the most support in the Midlands, Burton were crowned ‘Pride of the Midlands’, with the following clubs winning their respective regional titles: ‘Pride of London & South East’ – Eastleigh RFC, ‘Pride of the South West’ – Oakmeadians RFC and ‘Pride of the North’ – Ellesmere Port RUFC.