Rugby club's major anniversary

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CLITHEROE Rugby Club is celebrating 30 years of sporting life in the community.

Numerous events are being planned for old, current and new members to celebrate this milestone in the club's history.

Rugby is a rapidly growing sport with England's Rugby World Cup victory of 2003 kicking off a surge of popularity, and Clitheroe has benefited from this and now has two strong senior teams, together with a Colts side and a significant number of junior sides.

The senior sides play in competitive leagues every weekend, and the Colts enjoyed a 2006/07 season that saw them grow in confidence, and results have now started to consistently go their way.

The Mini and Junior sides have fixtures planned for many Sunday mornings throughout next season, and are looking to continue to see large numbers of young people enjoying the sport.

A significant change in the club came when planning approval was given for a right of way across the rugby ground to the industrial estate.

The old clubhouse was demolished, and a new one erected in late 2003, which is jointly owned by Ribble Valley Borough Council and the club.

The use of the facility has been, and always will be, for rugby as its primary sport. However, the club insisted that the facility should also be available for community use for Ribble Valley residents, organisations and businesses.

Close relationships have been developed with the community sports of hockey and netball, as the rugby club hosts these organisations.

The clubhouse is utilised for private functions such as parties and celebrations, as well as to local businesses for meetings, training, farewell parties and other events.

The club has a strong reputation for social responsibility and lets the facility, in school term time, to a charity, Pendle Pre-school.

Lancashire Constabulary uses it for neighbourhood meeting presentations. A weight-watching help organisation support the community from there, while Lancashire County Youth Service run their Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme there weekly.

The club hopes to celebrate its 30th anniversary season in great style and welcomes current members, older players and visitors alike to join them.

The club will be opening during the Rugby World Cup which starts in September and will link-up with the RFU drive to bring new players into the sport.

Clitheroe will be pushing its very own "Go Play Rugby" campaign – look out for more information or visit the club to find out what it's all about.

Clitheroe RUFC's website also contains contact information as well as updates on what's on at the club - visit www.clitheroerugby.com for more information.