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Burnley RUFC receive Lancashire sports award

24 January 2014

  • Burnley RUFC win East Lancs Community Sports Club Award 2013
  • Club member also nominated for Lifetime Achievement Award
Burnley RUFC award winners

Photo: RFU Archive

A local event to honour grassroots sports within East Lancashire was held at Mytton Fold, Langho on Thursday, January 16 organised by the Lancashire Evening Telegraph and sponsored by United Utilities.

The event to honour the great and good of amateur sport, is now in its third year with teams, individuals, unsung heroes and hard-working coaches packing into the Mytton Fold near Whalley.

Burnley Rugby was nominated in the Community Sports Club for 2013 and came away with the trophy on the evening. The club’s Tony Finnan was also nominated for a Lifetime Achievement Award for his long years of dedicated service. The club’s award is recognition and testament to a lot of hard work by many volunteers within its Junior & Senior sections.

The recognition is real credit to Burnley RUFC, who run three senior sides every week and are developing a growing number of junior sides on a Sunday morning. Each week more than 100 children ranging from six through to 17 years old turn up. In 2013 the club saw the development of girls’ rugby and already they are getting recognition playing for Lancashire. Community links continue to develop with both local junior and secondary schools.

Burnley received their award from James Gray – Accrington Stanley and Northern Ireland under 21 international striker, the son of former Burnley forward Phil Gray – and Michael Liddle – Accrington Stanley defender, formerly of Sunderland and the Republic of Ireland Under 21s.

The evening was compered by Andy Ashworth with other past and present sporting professionals in attendance, including Tom Heaton Burnley’s goalkeeper, Kevin Gallagher ex Blackburn Player, Burnley Legend Willie Irvine and Lancashire wicket keeper and batsman Alex Davies.