Droitwich have been voted North Midlands Club of the Year to cap a memorable 12 months in which they reached the final of the RFU Senior Vase, won the Midlands Senior Vase and romped to the Midlands Three West (South) league title.
The on-field success was achieved with a squad which was predominantly homegrown and products of the club’s flourishing youth section.
A new coaching team, headed by director of rugby Adam Drew, helped to transform Droitwich’s fortunes just a year after they were relegated having won just one league match in the 2015-16 season.
Droitwich’s outstanding season has now been recognised by North Midlands who will present the Peter Grace Trophy to club Chairman Steve Bradbury.
“The competition was very tough. This results from the widest selection process ever undertaken and recognises Droitwich’s wonderful playing record including taking a North Midlands Club to Twickenham,” said Grace.
“But the award is not purely about playing. Droitwich’s outstanding record in youth development was another major factor.”
Nominations for North Midlands Club of the Year were scrutinised and endorsed by the North Midlands Community Rugby Committee.
Camp Hill were voted Greater Birmingham’s Club of the Year, with Evesham – who were beaten by Droitwich in the Midlands Senior Vase final – winning the Worcestershire & Herefordshire Club of the Year Award and Ludlow taking the prize for Shropshire’s Club of the Year.