It's time to show your support for one brilliant club, as the group is nominated for a national award.

For the second year running, Workington's Zebra Finches Women's RUFC has been nominated for a National Diversity Award.

And the lovely news couldn't come at a better time for the club, after a year of minimal training and halted plans due to the pandemic.

"It's little things like this that keep the girls going when times are a bit tough," team captain, Charlotte Cammack, said.

"It means a lot to be recognised for what we do, and we just always want to get as many women involved with the club as possible – even if people don't want to play, there's something for everyone to do."

The Finches have this year been nominated for the Community Organisation award, being praised for their great work in the community, raising money for charities including Mind and Breast Cancer Research.

But it's not just their fundraising efforts that make them a stand-out bunch, as the team is all about inclusivity and support.

Charlotte said: "We accept everybody of any shape, size, age, experience – everybody's welcome.

"We started off nine years ago with five girls, and now we have over 50 ladies registered, and at least 30-40 of them play regularly, which shows how much we've grown over the years, and we're still growing now.

"Covid has had a massive impact on [the club]. We didn't get to finish our season, or play at all last year, which was hard because rugby helps a lot with people's fitness as well as their mental health, so being nominated for the award, and knowing our work in the community is being recognised, is a nice boost."

The National Diversity Awards 2022 are set to take place on February 4, with the black tie event being held at the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral.

Nominations will remain open until June 4, with a shortlist announced shortly after this date – and Charlotte hopes to see plenty of support for her club.

"It would be amazing if people could nominate and vote for us, and we could see a sports team from West Cumbria recognised nationally," she said.

"Let's see a Workington sports team get shortlisted, and see if we can win!"

She added: "Thank you to whoever it was that nominated us – it really does mean a lot."

To show your support for the team, visit the National Diversity Awards website here.