Loughborough Students RFC sealed promotion to the English National League 1 after a 22-16 victory against Sheffield on Saturday which saw them crowned National League 2N champions.
Courtenay Morrison score in the corner in the first half was Loughborough's only try and gave them 13-10 lead at the interval. The scores were tied at 16 apiece after 70 minutes, but with ten minutes to go Andy Hall's late penalties secured a famous 22-16 victory.
The club have been so close to promotion in the past few seasons, knocked out in the play off finals by Jersey and Rosslyn Parks.
However, after an excellent season, they are now 26 points clear at the top of the National League 2N table with a maximum of 25 points available to chasers Huddersfield.
Head Coach, Dave Morris said:
"We are absolutely delighted for everyone involved. This Championship is not just for this group of players, but all those who have brought us through from level 14, the first rungs on the RFU ladder, and especially our first team manager Haydn Coley who has been there from the beginning."
“I would also like to thank to all the supporters, volunteers, parents and staff that have made this progression happen throughout the years, since we entered the league back in 1995."
Promotion means the club is now one of the top 40 in the country.