Local MEP Daniel Dalton has congratulated Wasps Rugby Club on their community work and has said that other clubs need to follow their lead.

Speaking to the European Parliament’s Rugby Group he congratulated the Coventry-based team for its community work.

“In the two years that Wasps have been playing out of the Ricoh stadium the club has gone from strength to strength on the field but it also deserves credit for what it does off the field.”

Mr Dalton told fellow MEPs about how Wasps purchased the Ricoh Arena releasing the burden from tax payers and then how the rugby team played a huge part in ensuring Coventry City Football Club returned to the city from Northampton. It had also brought tennis’s David Cup and other events to the arena.

"Sport is a successful facilitator and Wasps are clearly playing their part helping schools, universities and other local sporting clubs. They have created a buzz in the area and showed that rugby can be successful in a city so often associated with football. Coventry and Warwickshire has a huge rugby tradition and I told my fellow MEPs that Wasps were adding to that legacy.”

Wasps Deputy Chairman, Nick Eastwood, said, “Wasps  is involved in many community projects as well as sport and after two years we already see Coventry as our natural home so I was delighted that Daniel recognised our efforts."