All at Salford Red Devils send their congratulations to our Community Club partner Bury Broncos who are celebrating winning the North West Men’s League award for community engagement for the second time in four years.
The award, named after the late Steve Prescott MBE is given to recognise the efforts of clubs striving to develop the game of Rugby League within their
local community, and follows a hugely successful year for the Broncos’s who became the only club in the North West to field three open-age men’s teams.
The success at this years awards follows on from Bury winning the same award in 2013, and this continued recognition for the clubs community work is of great pride to the club, says committee member Jean Palin;
“It’s encouraging, we’re really proud that the effort we make to develop the game is acknowledged.”
This recognition for success at open-age level is reflective of the progress that the Bronco’s continue to make as a community club, who now have 12 teams including a Masters (over 35’s) side and a growing girls section. This commitment to developing rugby league in Bury is something that Palin says the club are keen to continue;
“We’re working hard to develop the youth and the junior game, and we’re always grateful for the help we get from the Red Devils through the Foundation, and for the all the help they’ve given us over the years.
Bury have enjoyed success across the club in recent years, with open age men’s coach Dave Kelly recently winning coach of the year, and club Chairman Ryan Lewis is quick to attribute the success of the clubs to its volunteers, telling the club website;
“Winning this award is very much down to the contributions our volunteers all made in so many ways across the last year, thanks to everybody involved at the club.”
One of the next steps for the Bronco’s is developing the women’s game, and the club will hosting taster sessions at Philips High School on Saturday the 5th March.