Dewsbury Celtic RLFC


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Dewsbury Celtic is a community rugby league club based in the West Town area of Dewsbury. It is volunteer run and has 12 teams from tots to open age.

Group introduction

Dewsbury Celtic is a well established club, based at the Dewsbury Irish National League Club in the Westtown area of Dewsbury. Training and matches are undertaken at the nearby Crow Nest Park. The club is thought to be one of the oldest rugby league clubs in existence, originally formed in 1879 and still going strong today. West Town is an area of social deprivation and our club ethos is to welcome any one into our club.

The junior section has only been in existence for sixteen years; it has now blossomed into one of the county’s leading junior clubs, with age groups from tots to U17 and two open age teams. As a rugby league club we take off the street some 200 young people and give them a safe controlled environment, this helps them grow into disciplined well rounded individuals.

We are fully inclusive and have no admission criteria other than the young person wants to play rugby. Rugby league in addition to the physical training also encompasses team spirit and discipline. All level two coaching qualification, other volunteers within the club are DBS checked. Everyone within the club gives their time on a voluntary basis to give these young people a place to play rugby, in a safe environment.

How would this funding have an impact on your community?

The funding would have a big impact on our club, enabling us to buy replacement post protectors as the ones we have are worn. This will be to the benefit of the entire club ensuring players of all ages can play ruby safely, with new protectors providing padding around the rugby posts. This will benefit the club and its players for at least ten years and might help upwards of the 200 members we already have, as we have newly formed girls teams at age 12 and above and the club ethos is totally inclusive.

We welcome anyone into the club who wishes to play rubgy league and our numbers are steadily on the increase. As a community club we would like to encourage young people between the ages of 4 and 18 to train and play rugby league in a safe environment. The funding will enable us to continue to provide appropriate safe rugby training, encouraging more young people to join us and enjoy the enhancement to their lives and the local community it will bring.

""The futures bright, the futures green and white"

Quote from Paul Heaton u15s coach referring to our club colours and the effect the club has on our players."

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