OLD Otliensians have beaten England manager Gareth Southgate to a national award.

Kris Stafford, Stephen Quinn and Harrison Marshall picked up the 2018 Great Coaching Moment of the Year accolade in London last night.

The Otley-based rugby union club's coaching team won the prize after guiding 'Ensians to their RFU Junior Vase triumph at Twickenham in May.

Open to a public vote, the Old Otliensians fielded off stiff competition from Southgate - who led England's footballers to their first World Cup semi-final since 1990 - and Tracey Neville, who masterminded England's Commonwealth Games netball gold medal success in Australia.

After winning the gong which celebrates a particular moment in time when a coach’s support and guidance really paid off, Old Otliensians head coach Stafford said: “This is unbelievable. It’s not just what the three of us have done, or the players, it’s the whole of Otley that have got behind us.

“We got the whole town of Otley together for a big day at Twickenham and this is just another piece in that amazing puzzle.”