There is no let up for the Minis section at Southport RFC who still have a hectic schedule in the run up towards the end of the season.
Monday and Tuesday saw the Under 9s, under 10s, under 11s and under 12s, bag packing at Morrison’s supermarket to help raise funds for their forthcoming tour to the Windermere Rugby Festival on the 20th and 21st of April.
The event couldn’t have got off to a better start with Mark Lawrenson lending his support in spectacular fashion. Liverpool legend Mark, who’s son plays for the club, mentioned the event on Match of the Day 2 on Sunday evening which resulted in many fans and supporters visiting the store on Monday morning where Mark generously spent time chatting and signing autographs.
Parents and players from each age group took it in turns to help pack customers shopping from 9 o’clock in the morning to 5 o’clock in the afternoon.
The club who are hoping to have raised £1000.00 over the two days and would like to thank all the staff at Morrison’s for their support and encouragement and especially to all the customers for there generosity. Miles Johnson on behalf of the minis section said ”Despite the tough economic climate, the Morrison’s customers have been extremely generous and we cannot thank them enough. I think we managed to avoid any broken eggs or squashed fruit and the customers were very patient and considerate. The boys and girls worked really hard and I am very proud of their effort.”
The minis section at the club is going from strength to strength with teams from two age groups reaching the Lancashire Cup finals day on April the 15th. The under 11s and under 12s have secured their place in the finals having won a series of elimination rounds throughout the season and are looking forward to their big day being held at Wigan RFC. The Southport under 12s coach said ‘Our young players are vey excited and proud to be representing their club and the town, at such a great event. However, the competition for both our teams at the finals will be fierce, with the best mini teams from around the county battling it out for the trophy. The under 11s and 12s have had a fantastic season and if they can play with the same great attitude and application that they have showed all year, I think our opponents will find us tough to beat”.
The Minis season will draw to a close when Southport RFC host the annual Sports Tours Mini Rugby Festival ,at the club on Waterloo Road on the 5th and 6th of May. This has become and established event in the junior rugby calendar with teams visiting Southport from all round the country from every age group from under 7 to under 16. It is a huge undertaking and preparation is well under way for this year’s event.
The Mini ,Junior and Colts Sections is one of the largest in the country with now over 330 members starting from Under 6’s through to Under 19’s. This year the Club is looking forward to its 140th Anniversary and is currently thriving on and off the field with development plans being formed to ensure a healthy future.
Club Chairman Andrew Carney commented “ This is another example of the great spirit which exists across the Club.We are grateful in particular to Morrison’s and the Coaches and Parents for making the time to both organise,supervise and attend the bag packing and we wish all the players a successful tour in the Lake District – Well Done !”
Further details can be found on the Club’s new website at www.southportrfc.com