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Your News Wilmslow get together boosts Cheshire Union

Cheshire Rugby Development Officer Dave Livesey selected an ideal venue for the latest meeting of North West clubs' Development Day series when a newly re-furbished Wilmslow RUFC recently (Wednesday, January 20) played host to the Cheshire clubs.

The programme is designed to give clubs an opportunity to meet with various members of the North West Community Rugby Development Team and provides a one-stop shop at which visitors can liaise with officials on a wide variety of club development topics and issues.

The new-look programme, which has proved extremely popular among North West clubs since it was introduced last year, is aimed at helping clubs to grow and build on their current strengths and highlight how each department within Community Rugby can help them do so.

All aspects of club administration, from Funding and Facilities to Volunteer recruitment, and many elements in between - Coaching, Refereeing, Volunteering, Rugby First, Student and Women & Girls rugby - are embraced by the workshop format, with club representatives getting the chance to meet the relevant officer and discuss what initiatives and help they can tap into.

"We had representatives from Bowden, Northwich, Sandbach, Congleton, Winnington Park, Warrington Park, Eagle, Marple, Caldy, Knutsford, Sale FC, Widnes, Lymm, Macclesfield and Wilmslow in attendance and I had some great feedback on how useful the day was." said Livesey, who organised the event.

"Wilmslow were perfect hosts as they have just re-furbished their club house with the help from the RFU Groundsmatch scheme aimed at matching pound for pound investment in club facilities. That support has helped transform their social facility, originally built during World War 2 as a training base for parachute regiments, into a great multi-purpose area. It was ideal for the Development Day requirements."

Wilmslow has become a regular venue for the local Community Rugby Coach Brendan Thomas, who has been using the club's outdoor facilities for tag rugby festivals. These included the Cheshire County finals, with the top primary schools from across the county competing for the chance to qualify for the regional and national finals as part of the Tag to Twickenham programme.

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