Colne and Nelson’s rugby future is looking bright

Celebrating: (Left to right) Ashley Calvert (Under 16 coach), Dalu Piliso (junior chairman), Asda's Diane Springthorpe, Chris Lowden (community rugby coach), Asda's Anthony Black, Ian Cockcroft (head coach).

Celebrating: (Left to right) Ashley Calvert (Under 16 coach), Dalu Piliso (junior chairman), Asda's Diane Springthorpe, Chris Lowden (community rugby coach), Asda's Anthony Black, Ian Cockcroft (head coach).

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Colne and Nelson RUFC have been awarded the Lancashire Schools Award by the Lancashire RFU.

The honour is awarded for youth development, for work in schools and further education facilities.

It is a reward for the hard work the club has put into their community activities during the past 12 months.

The club has employed a community rugby coach, Chris Lowden, who provides a full-time coaching service to all schools and colleges in the Burnley and Pendle area.

In addition the club’s youth coaches have implemented a programme of eight-week introductory coaching courses to Pendle primary and secondary schools and introduced a first aid course for Year 10 and 11 children.

In all the club has managed to provide coaching to 90% of the primary schools in Pendle, all of the secondary schools and Nelson and Colne College.

The club is now looking to move forward with their youth development programme and are looking to support their junior members in attaining BTEC and GCSE qualifications in physical education while looking to provide the RFU Leadership Award.

The Leadership Award will enable the children to attain a refereeing qualification, the first stage of the coaching award and will provide them with the opportunity to support and organise a Pendle Primary Schools tag tournament.

The club has received encouragement and support from local MP Andrew Stephenson, advising them on potential fund-raising opportunities to support their community activities.

The club would also like to thank ASDA and the people of Pendle who helped raise £1,100 in a bag packing event at Christmas put on by ASDA.

The money raised from the event was used to fund this year’s community activity.