19th September 2017, 11:18 | community
Newcastle Thunder were named Championships Foundation of the Year at the Championship and League 1 Awards last night.
The Foundation has enjoyed its most successful year to date in 2017, delivering over 600 coaching sessions and engaging with over 3,000 young players in the North East.
The Foundation of the Year Award, awarded to the best foundation across both leagues, was presented to Thunder in recognition of their continued commitment to developing Rugby League in the North East.
Meanwhile, the Kingstone Press Championship Project of the Year Award was handed to Featherstone Rovers.
This award recognises clubs who have shown an outstanding commitment to meeting the objectives of raising the visibility and profile of the competition and increasing attendance at one or more games through a special project.
York City Knights: honoured last night
Featherstone Rovers were handed Championship Project of the Year
Featherstone Rovers were chosen to receive the award for their Sky Try Rugby League programme - they have delivered a programme which is comparable to larger foundations, working in 20 primary schools and engaging over 1,000 children in the local area.
In League 1, York City Knights were selected for the Project of the Year Award for their '#UpTheKneets' social media campaign which aimed to increase awareness and attendance of their home game against Toronto Wolfpack.
York created a series of short videos with the match details with current players and stars from across the game that were shared through social media.
The campaign generated York's highest match attendance of the season with over 2,600 spectators.
A full rundown of last night's award winners can be found by clicking HERE.