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West Craven Warriors ARLFC
West Craven Warriors ARLFC
Type: Sport
Address: Victory Park, Barnoldswick BB185EN
Tel: 01282 850569 or 01282 852911/ 07731112334
Website: http://www.westcravenwarriors.co.uk

Description:

We play Rugby League Football.

Aims and Objectives; the objectives of the club shall be to promote and further the interests of Rugby League, offering coaching and competitive opportunities for Rugby League and further educational opportunities.

The aims and objectives of the Club should be consistent with the furthering of equal opportunities for all groups in that sport and take into consideration child protection issues.

Training for the juniors team is on Saturday mornings 9:45-10:30 down at the pitch in Victory Park. Ages 3-11 welcome, with coaches Gary Lancaster, Ben Jones and Tony Wilson.

Winter training will start on 6th October, same day and time but will be held in St Joseph’s Parish Centre until the weather improves in the new year.

Gary Lancaster 07376231254

At the moment we don't have an open age team, but are looking to train and recruit in the future.

History.

West Craven Warriors were formed in January 1994 by locals Steve Simpson and Sean Fenwick. The two fathers had been taking their sons, plus other youngsters to Keighley where they were playing in the West Riding League. When there were too many to transport, the pair decided to take action. Steve had formed a good working relationship with the then headteacher of West Craven High School, Will Montgomery who was himself a rugby enthusiat and allowed the fledging club use of the school's facilities.

Steve said ''In the early days most people thought w had lost the plot trying to set up a rugby league club in Barnoldswick as it was thought too much of a football area, with no tradition or demand for a rugby league club. However with help from the school and its staff, especially PE acher Malcolm Rochford, the numbers atraining began to grow.

In the first year, all the players were from West Craven School so i arranged games against other school sides. Most of the players were 14 or 15 years old and if I had put them straight into the North West Counties or West Riding Leagues, they would have been playng against lads from the traditional rugby league heartlands. It was important to bring the lads along slowly, while building up their rugby league.

In the 1999/2000 season, the under 14s won the West Riding League after finishing near the bottom the previous year. It felt so good winning the league after all the doubters said we would not succeed in Barnoldswick.

With the growth of the club it became obvious that it needed its own purpose built rugby pitch to play on and Steve identified the old pitch and putt at Victory Park as a possible site. He said ''More than anyone, former chairman Steve Demaine helped turn this dream into reality. The pitch and putt was a much under-used facility so he, the town council, and especially Councillor David Whipp must be proud of the facilities opened in Autumn 2008, after the effect they put into this happening."

Facilities include a purpose-built rugby pitch and training area with a large pavillion with showers for rugby and football and other sports, plus a meeting room and kitchen for those all-important cups of tea on a cold day.

Steve said ''From very humble beginnings, the club continues to develop. On a personal note, I would like to say a big thank you to all the players, past and present. And to the many people who have worked so hard behind the scenes and continue to do so.''




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Title •  West Craven Warriors ARLFC
 
Address •  Victory Park, Barnoldswick BB185EN
Tel •  01282 850569 or 01282 852911/ 07731112334
E-mail •  royaud02@btinternet.com
Website •  http://www.westcravenwarriors.co.uk
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