24th January 2018, 11:21 | play_touch_rugby_league_

Catterick Crusaders sign up for two more years

Catterick Crusaders sign up for two more years

Crusaders hail the impact of Touch on whole club.

Play Touch Rugby League are pleased to announce Catterick Crusaders will continue as a licensee for the next two years.

The club hosted a Touch site for the first time in 2017 and enjoyed a successful year; gaining new members throughout the season while entering all three stages of the Coast to Coast national competition, as well as the Christmas Championship in Huddersfield.

This year marks the club's tenth anniversary and they will host the second leg of Coast to Coast 2018 as part of their celebrations.

Commenting on the news, Jason Grant, Play Touch RL lead at Catterick Crusaders, said: "We have seen a host of new members join the club through Touch, with some going on to volunteer and play Rugby League in out other sections.

"As players have been encompassed by the ethos of our Touch section, a number of them have gone on and become valuable volunteers supporting the club in general.

"Sarah Mackey initially came over to carry out women’s only training in the summer of 2016. Since introducing Touch to keep our playing base active, Sarah has gone on to run our Cubs section, (pre under 6s) which has booming numbers of 35.

"Sarah is always on hand to stick her hand up for all other tasks when the cry goes out and quite rightly won our Volunteer of the Year award.

"Jayne Whitby followed Sarah to the club and is also a keen volunteer who sourced funding for our under 12s kit in 2018" Grant added.

"And Matty Opie and Andrew Johnson came to Touch and now also play Open Age.

"Matty sourced funding for the 2018 Open Age kit.

"Paul and Paula Clarke managed to see the club in its true light by becoming involved in Touch. Having initially brought their sons along to junior training they were unsure if the club had benefits for themselves, but decided to give Touch a go.

"They quickly saw it did have benefits for them and are now keen volunteers within the Crusaders family - it was Paul and Paula who co-ordinated the weekend in Blackpool for Coast to Coast 3!

"All those listed above were awarded the Crusaders Coin this year at the End of Season Awards."

Grant is proud of the club's family ethos, which has added hugely to their junior sections, as well as supporting charitable causes through Touch.

He added: "Sarah and Thomas both come to the club and play Touch.

"Jayne also brings her daughters to under 12s and under 8s and her nephew to Cubs.

"Ricky and Louise Lee play Touch whilst Liam move to the under 12s this season from the under 10s and Jack attends Cubs.

"And the Clarkes also have their two sons involved in Primary RL and next season Carter will join Cubs.

"Ryan Allsopp attends with his mother Emma and Ryan also turned out for the under 16s last year, having started by playing Touch.

"We are also extremely proud that our Touch section is supporting the club and charities - this season we raised £600 which was split between the club and four different charities."