The Co-operative Launch ‘Fan Of The Year’ Search
Rugby league fans are being encouraged to nominate their most dedicated counterparts after The Co-operative today (1st September) launched a hunt to find the 2009 Co-operative Championships ‘Fan of the Year’.
All Co-operative Championship teams have witnessed some pulsating encounters this season with average fan attendances rising across the league.
The Co-operative, title sponsor of the Co-operative Championships and official partner of the RFL, are looking to find the fan that most demonstrates their exceptional loyalty to both their club and the sport.
The ‘Fan of the Year’ will be judged on successful candidate’s contributions to the sport, especially the ways in which they typify the community spirit of the game.
Co-operative ‘Good for Everyone’ ambassador Paul Sculthorpe said: ‘This year the crowds and level of rugby league on the pitch in the UK has risen again. The fans are so passionate and follow their team through thick and thin in their communities – we feel it’s time we found the UK’s rugby league fan of the year!”
An expert panel of judges will assess a range of criteria ranging from match day attendance, club memorabilia, community support and promotion, to away match attendance.
The winning ‘Fan of the Year’ will be presented to the crowd on the pitch at the Co-operative Championships Grand Final on Sunday 4th October to receive their trophy.
Liz Matkin, The Co-operative Group’s Sponsorship Manager, commented: “This is a new initiative which sees us rewarding fans for their commitment to the Co-operative Championships. We hope to find the most dedicated fan – not just to their club but someone who is devoted to the sport and the community spirit that underpins the game.”
Co-operative ambassador, Paul Sculthorpe, added: “Throughout my career in rugby league I’ve been amazed by the support and passion of the fans. I’m looking forward to going through the entries from all clubs and selecting our deserving winner.”
Fans can send in their nominations for the Co-operative ‘Fan of the Year’ with supporting information via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or via post to:
Co-operative Fan of the Year
1st Floor, 1 Hardwick Street,