Grassroots club focus: Seaton Rangers
Seaton Rangers are enjoying the Cumberland League's first summer season with the club currently running two teams in Division One and attracting more players than ever before.
Revenues are up with the club utilising their facilities as a hub for the local community and next season Seaton Rangers hope to field a full youth and junior section for the first time in 20 years
Seaton Rangers club Secretary, Peter Gilmour said: "We have two teams in the Cumberland League Division One and this has only happened twice in the region in the recent past.
"Our first team are currently third and our second team are in a strong position to remain in the division next season something which has never been achieved before.
"We're in a good position to run two good teams and have some really exciting young players coming through, it's a rebuilding phase and the future of the club is in really good hands at the moment.
"In all fairness as a club we would judge the switch to a summer season as a success; revenues have increased and we've never had as many players wanting to play Rugby League before.
"We now run Under-8s, 9s, 11s and two Under 14's sides and we've got that many players that next season we will have a full youth set-up to feed into the open age side for the first time in 20 years.
“All credit for this has to go to the work done by Paul Hodgson, Duncan Moyle, Kevin Moss and all of the youth coaches and the committee we have at the club who are really forward thinking and have worked to a long term plan for the club as a whole rather than focusing on short term success.
"It's absolutely fantastic the numbers we are attracting to Rugby League and amazing how many people we're attracting to the sport. I attribute this to summer and the better conditions we are playing in and it's a goal of our club to eventually become a Tier 3 club"
"The Rugby League club is a focal point for the whole community and there is constant usage for other activities such as football and community groups as well as the gym facilities that we provide.
"You can't look at yourself as just a Rugby League club it's also important to attract people to the club from all the community and attract families down which we are doing.
"As well as this the club have also become a co-operative which means that everyone here is a member shareholder and has a say in the running of the club. We hope that through this we can attract more volunteers, which we are always looking for, to help out and we want to make the community feel that the club belongs to them"
"I would also like to thank our sponsors, The Petries of A A carpets of Workington who have sponsored us over several decades in what is probably the longest sponsorship in the amateur game, John Boughey and directors of West Coast Thermal, Alan Ackerley and directors of AFM Gas services, John Hoban Travel, Sean Cordin Electrical services and Ken Cowman of Edmundson Electrical, Workington.
We are really lucky to have such loyal sponsors who have provided us with unbelievable support and have made it possible for us to move the club forward."
Seaton Rangers train at 6pm on Tuesday and Thursday nights under the guidance of Cumbrian Rugby league legend Colin Armstrong and his assistants, Stuart Ackerley, Paul Slone and Nicky Williamson at the Seaton Rangers club, Station Yard Seaton, Workington, Cumbria and new players are always welcome.
For further information contact Peter Gilmour on 07973338743 or for youth rugby league at the club Kevin Moss on 07927 133100
For more information on Seaton Rangers visit their website: www.seaton-rangers.co.uk/ or follow them on Twitter: @SeatonRangersRL.
For all the information on Rugby League in Cumbria visit: www.cumbriarugbyleague.co.uk.