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AMBER Valley RFC mini’s and juniors are asking our readers to vote for them to aid their chances of winning a national competition to train with the England Elite squad.

After hearing how the Valley mini’s and junior section of the club had come from the brink of collapse, the club are one of only 50 chosen throughout the UK in a national competition run by AEG to promote grass roots rugby union.

The competition was based on clubs promoting rugby and fitness to children within the community.

Sheer hard work, determination and commitment from the club’s volunteers turned the situation around and now the mini and junior sections are not only growing, but an ambitious section of the club with a very nearly full calendar of fixtures with other clubs within the East Midlands area.

This would have been unthinkable 12 months ago, but now the club offers a great opportunity to youngsters in the local area by promoting a fit and healthy lifestyle as well as building self esteem and developing team work and social skills.

The sessions are accessible to all abilities, ages and genders.

Because of the work done by the club, AEG decided that Amber Valley would be one of the final 50 in the competition. For this, the club received a full custom made kit to their design, supplied by Samurai Sportswear.

To keep the new kit in tip-top condition, Valley also received a top of the range washing machine and tumble dryer from AEG.

Another phase of the competition has now opened and this is driven by public voting online.

All of the final 50 have submitted pictures of the children in their new kit and an online vote for the best is taking place. Simply the one with the most votes will get to train with the England Elite squad at Penny Hill Park before the six nations tournament starts.

Voting is open until December 4, 2011, and can be done by viewing http://www.aeg.co.uk/GRASSROOTS click on the Final 50 tab and vote for Amber Valley mini’s and juniors.