Manchester Village Spartans is appealing for votes after reaching the finals of the prestigious National Lottery Awards.

Manchester Village Spartans is competing against six others in the Best Sports project category.

The project beat off stiff competition from over 1,300 organisations – a record number of entries,to reach the public voting stage in this year’s National Lottery Awards , the annual search for the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects.

The project with the most votes will be crowned the winner and receive a £5,000 cash prize to spend on their project, an iconic National Lottery Awards trophy and attend a star-studded glittering Awards ceremony to be broadcast on BBC One in September.

The Manchester Village Spartans RUFC is Greater Manchester’s gay and inclusive rugby union football team based at Sale Sports Club, Manchester. The club is a full and founding member of International Gay Rugby and in 2012 it hosted the Bingham Cup, the international gay and inclusive rugby championship.

Dean Bee, Spartans Chairman, says “Winning the prestigious National Lottery Award and having our work showcased on national television would be an honour. We have worked extremely hard over the last two years to grow our club and have subsequently introduced 83 new club members over this time.”

National Lottery Awards spokesperson, Jackie O’Sullivan, says:

“National Lottery players raise £30 million every single week for Good Causes across the UK and the work done with that money is truly life-changing.

“The National Lottery Awards celebrate the talent and dedication of the amazing staff and volunteers who run these incredible National Lottery funded projects for the benefit of their communities.

“Manchester Village Spartans has worked very hard to become a finalist and they now need your support. So get voting!”

To vote for Manchester Village Spartans, please go to or telephone 0844 836 9709 and follow the campaign on twitter: hashtag #NLAwards. Voting runs for four weeks from 9am on 29 June until midnight on 27 July.
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