The Board of the Lancashire County RFU chose Liverpool Collegiate to be the recipient of this season’s Junior Club of the Year award. The community rugby club, established in 1925, now boasts 15 teams – from U7 through to 1st XV.
This is a recognition of the great season the club has had in league and cup rugby, with the 1st XV having ‘done the double’ along with numerous successes throughout Mini & Junior section.
This is a testament to the hard work put in on the pitch and in training alongside the enormous effort put in off the pitch by the committee.
At senior level the 1st XV finished 1st in South Lancs/Cheshire 2 gaining promotion into South Lancs and Cheshire 1, alongside winning the Lancashire Plate.
The 2nd XV secured another season in NOWIRUL Division 1, the highest league the team has ever played in . With opposition including the second teams of a number of National League clubs this allows players to face a good quality opposition, producing a squad of players who are also comfortable playing 1st XV rugby and aiding the rugby section as a whole.
The 3rd XV gained promotion in the 2013/14 season, progressing from Division 5 to Division 4. The 3s finished 5th in the league – a great achievement considering only ever playing in Division 5 since their inception.
The 4th XV completed their first ever season in a competitive league, fulfilling the vast majority of their fixtures and welcoming a number of new players to the game.
The Colts side had a successful season with 6 players going forward for Lancashire trials and one player playing in the current Lancashire Colts 1XV XV and another playing with the Irish Exiles.
The Mini and Junior section has had a number of successes and faired well against most teams and picking up some trophies in the end of season tournaments. U8s came runners up in the cup and the U9s won the plate at the Southport tournament, the U10s also won the plate at the Hoylake tournament and the U15s winning the Lancashire Vase. The junior section finished the season with 42 coaches and 264 players.
The club now looks forward to the 2015/16 season, with all teams playing at the highest level they ever have the future seems both challenging and bright.