Manchester Rangers Community Coaches have been working with various partners across the city to introduce Rugby League to the young people of Manchester with the ultimate goal of creating playing opportunities at the impressive Belle Vue Sports Village.
In accordance with our Community Development Plan, Rangers coaches have been working strategically in local schools to create a strong and sustainable grass roots game within the city of Manchester. Whilst our community activity has reached out to over 4000 young people over the last 12 months, the delivery that has taken place during the current academic year has specifically targeted children in year’s 3 and 4 at Primary Schools and Key Stage 3 pupils at 4 local High Schools and now this activity will transfer to a new Junior Rugby League club based out of the state of the art Belle Vue Sports Village – Belle Vue Bees ARLFC.
The Belle Vue club features Bee’s in its name as homage to the city’s affiliation to the worker bee. The worker bee was adopted as a motif for Manchester during the Industrial Revolution, at a time when Manchester was taking a leading role in new forms of mass production.
Seven bees are included in the crest of the city’s arms which were granted to the Borough of Manchester in 1842. The bee denotes Mancunians’ hard work during this era and Manchester being a hive of activity in the 19th century.
In the first year, Belle Vue Bees ARLFC will consist of teams at a minimum of two age groups – U9’s and U12’s – whilst also offering Embed the Pathway Open Access days for U12’s – U16’s. The club will be Based at top class facilities at the newly built Belle Vue Sports Village including the highest grade 4G Pitch complete with shock pads and permanent Rugby League posts and pitch markings, this is a major step forward for the development of Rugby League in Manchester and will see the facility become a hub for community Rugby League in the city.
Manchester Rangers Community Development Officer Nathan Baker commented;
“We are committed to the sustainability of the sport in the local and wider area and this latest development will further increase the sustainability of the game and Manchester Rangers as we continue to progress in our aim to become Manchester’s first professional club since 1955.
“Our community coaches will continue to build relationships with local partners ensuring that there are playing and volunteering opportunities at all levels for the local community.
“There needs to be transfer from school to club at all levels of our game and this latest step forward will ensure that each year there is further growth for the sport in East Manchester.
“Each year the Bee’s will aim to introduce two new age groups with the support of Manchester Rangers until there is a fully operational junior club with age groups from cubs to youth.”