Double celebration for young rugby stars

Young rugby players in Whitley Bay have had a double cause for celebration to mark the end of the season.

Rockcliff RFC under 11s won the Spirit of Rugby Award after other clubs voted for them at the County Cup tournament.

They are also proudly wearing new strips, thanks to local engineering group British Engines.

They were bought after a donation from British Engines’ community fund, which supports a range of organisations and clubs in the North East.

The team’s lead coach, Ian Barrett, works for BEL Valves - part of the Tyneside-based British Engines group - and his son, George Barrett plays for the team.

Ian nominated Rockcliff unders 11s for a donation from British Engine’s community fund and the team now have smart new British Engines sponsored shirts.

Ian said: “All the players are growing in confidence, skills and commitment and it’s great to see the efforts they put in every Sunday morning – whatever the weather.

“We are grateful for the support from British Engines.

“They definitely deserve strips they can be proud of.

“The young players formed a team nearly five years ago and have now nearly doubled in size.

“They recently won the plate at Alnwick RFC Rugby Festival and are going from strength to strength.”

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