Whilst village archives quote the merger of Helsby Rugby Club and Helsby Cricket club in 1895 as being the point at which Helsby Athletic Club as it was then known, came into existence, the modern day rugby club was not formed until 1962.
In its heyday, the club fielded four senior teams, however, at present the club fields only two regular Senior teams which currently plays in the North West Intermediate Leagues and Casual fixtures.
In 2003, the club established a Junior section for the first time and over the next two decades this expanded to at its peak operating Rugby Tots sessions for 2-5 year olds, plus Under-6 through Under-15 teams. Whilst playing numbers sadly reduced in 2019, it is hoped that the opening of the new clubhouse – and with it a new floodlit 3G pitch complete with shock-pad to give the club a state-of-the-art training facility – will lead to a resurgence in numbers.
Off the pitch, the club offers a full social calendar of events, ranging from the club’s participation in the RFU RugbyForce weekend each June, regular Social nights, end-of-season Tours each April, plus two formal lunches and dinners each year, which have seen some of the biggest names in rugby visit the club as guest speakers in recent years…Phil Bennett, Brian Moore, Willie John McBride, Gareth Chilcott and Wayne Barnes to name but a few.
For more details of training, fixtures and results plus details of how to join the rugby club, please refer to Helsby Rugby Club’s own website or call 07804 656558. You can also follow the club via Twitter and also on Facebook.