Prestigious award for Burnley Rugby Club

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BURNLEY Rugby Club recently gained a prestigious award, achieving Rugby Football Union club accreditation standard.

To celebrate the occasion, the club held a special lunch, to which Burnley’s Mayor and Lancashire Rugby President Malcolm Worsley were invited.

Also present were Bob Grant from the RFU’s innovative fund, and Helen Tyson from Burnley Schools’ Sports Partnership.

The Club Accreditation scheme ensures that clubs manage themselves properly, and adhere to the six key drivers identified as being crucial to a strong club – retention and development of players, recruitment of new players, recruitment and retention of coaches, volunteers and referees, effective and efficient facilities, management and governance and integration with the local community.

Also at the event, Burnley formally introduced their Community Rugby Coach Simon Finnan, who is available to go into schools and colleges to provide coaching.

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This position was funded by Burnley Schools’ Sports Partnership, Lancashire RFU, the RFU’s innovative fund and the club.

Also present were recent winners of the Burnley primary schools’ tag tournament, St Joseph’s Park Hill, accompanied by staff Mark Smedley and Sandra Barker (pictured, s) to receive medals and special commerative t-shirts to mark their achievement.

The tournament was organised by Helen Tyson and her team and Simon Finnan, helped by volunteers from the rugby club.

Last Saturday Burnley seconds won through to the Regional Cup Final, beating West Park.

The locals dominated the first half, playing great rugby in appalling conditions.

Tries from Chris Baxendale, Matt Maquis, two from Christian Allanson and two conversions from skipper Gus Ferguson gave the locals a big lead at half-time.

The St Helens outfit hit back early in the second half, but manager Mark Spencer came off the bench to score and put the locals through 29-5.

Tomorrow, Burnley firsts and thirds travel to Bolton and Leigh, while the seconds play Tarleton at home, all 3 p.m. kick-offs.

On Sunday, the tags/Under 10s go to Colne, the Under 13/16s host Keighley at 11 a.m., and the Under 19s are at home to Birkenhead Park at 2 p.m.