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North West Satellite Club of the year!

September 4, 2014

Penrith Satellite Rugby Club at Newton Rigg College has been named North West Satellite Club of the Year for 2014.

The partnership between Newton Rigg College and Penrith RFU which led to the award winning satellite Rugby club being established at the college, currently has 40+ young people aged 16 to 25 taking part and runs in line with the rugby union season.

Active Cumbria has been working with National Governing Bodies (NGBs) of Sport, Secondary Schools, Colleges and well established high quality local sports clubs to roll out Satellite Sports Clubs throughout Cumbria and has had great successes.

The Penrith Satellite Rugby Club is a project set-up with Penrith RUFC, Active Cumbria, RFU with Links to Newton Rigg College.

The project was aimed at getting students aged 16 to 25 year old playing rugby union in a fun and more relaxed atmosphere and providing links for those who wished to join a team. This is a critical time when too many young people give up sport. A local satellite club, built around their needs, is a great way to keep them active.

The Project has been funded by the RFU and Active Cumbria through their local Satellite Club funding.

Satellite clubs are outposts of existing community sports clubs, which are based on a school, college or community venue and help us get more young people (11-25 year olds) playing sport and to continue to take part in sport as they transition from school to community sport and into adulthood.

Penrith RFU will now be presented with their ‘North West Satellite Club of the Year Award’ on 15th September at 3pm at Newton Rigg College.

Jill Rothwell, the Satellite Clubs Project Manager will be attending to present the award on behalf of Sport England.   Active Cumbria are offering every secondary school/college in Cumbria the opportunity to host a satellite club.

At the heart of every satellite club is an established community sports club (hub club) and with the support of Active Cumbria and their NGB will establish an extension of its club in a host school, college or community venue.

Bruce Lawson, Active Cumbria Senior Manager (Development), said:

 “Active Cumbria is delighted to see one of its 59 satellite sports clubs established in Cumbria since 2013 nominated by Sport England as the 2013/14 North West satellite club of the year. It shows just how successful the satellite club programme has been in engaging young people and forming links between well run sports clubs and local secondary schools and Colleges. The partnership between Newton Rigg College and Penrith RFU which lead to a satellite Rugby club being established at the college utilising the on-site sports facilities, is a shining example of a well-run satellite club which has seen more than 60 young people engaged in playing Rugby, with females getting involved through tag Rugby”.

Funding is still available for any well run sports clubs looking to engage with their local secondary school/college to set up a satellite club in order to form a strong link with their local educational establishment to recruit new members and provide opportunities for young people to engage in sport. To find out more about the satellite club programme please contact Russell Maddams (Active Cumbria Development Officer) on 07909 537 638 email: