We have sponsored all of the junior team shirts at Ilkley Rugby Club, which currently has eleven different age categories. The mini rugby teams play non-competitive matches in the Wharfe Valley, Leeds and York, and the junior teams play in the Yorkshire Cup, meeting every Sunday to train and compete, from September to April.
The thriving junior teams are supported by a dedicated group of coaches and volunteers, taking their inspiration from the senior squads whose first team was promoted to the Northern Premier League last season, finishing mid-table. The first team has had a strong start to the season with three wins from their first six games.
Tim Marlow, Junior Chairman at Ilkley Rugby Club said: “Dacres have supported our club over a number of years in many different ways, and it’s great to have the firm on board again this season.
“Our club is an inclusive environment where girls and boys can learn the joys of the game from a very young age. Children and their parents come from Ilkley, Addingham, Ben Rydding, Menston, Burley In Wharfedale, Harrogate and Apperley Bridge to be part of the club and it has a great community feel.
“When firms like Dacres, which have an equally long-standing involvement with the town and our club, support what we are doing through sponsoring the shirts or stands, it’s a great incentive for us all to do our best for the club, for Ilkley and the game as a whole.”
Patrick McCutcheon, head of residential sales, said: “Ilkley Rugby Club is a cracking club with strong local support and a huge junior membership that keeps the children engaged and healthy, whilst also giving them a great sense of both competition and enjoyment. The coaches and volunteers all work tirelessly to build a great level of teamwork which is reflected in the superb levels of commitment on and off the pitch and we are looking forward to watching the youngsters in action in their smart new kit.”