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Date:-  1 May 2006

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Waterloo celebrates promotion

THERE was set to be as much action off the pitch as on it Saturday 29 April 2006, at  Waterloo Rugby.  It was an all out action packed fun day to celebrate the club’s first XV’s promotion to National League 1.   Not only were the fans entertained with a full day of exciting rugby, but also the spectators were being encouraged to come in fancy dress with a prize for the best children’s outfit getting presented at half-time.

The action on the pitch kicked off at 10:30am when Waterloo Under 15s meet Altrincham and Kersal Under 15s. The Waterloo ladies took to the pitch at 12:30 when they battle it out in the semi final of the National Shield against the Trojans. Waterloo 1st XV played their final match of the season (in National League 2) against Henley late in the afternoon.

The day was a sizzling success not only thanks to the barbeque and hog roast, but also due to the sun being out all day!   Sadly it did have a cold nip in the air, but that was soon lost when the action on the pitch started...   Also on hand was a clown who entertained the children, but the fun just kept on going as kids also had other activities on offer like face painting and a balloon race.   The club even had a inflatable Bungee Run and an assault course! It wasn't just the players being thrown around on the pitch... as the club also had a Bucking Bronco.

As a result of the clubs success and promotion to National Division 1, the Bank of Ireland announced that it will continue its sponsorship of the team next year so they had a Celtic flavour to the events... with an Irish band entertaining the crowds during the afternoon.  Also a live band and a disco that continued on into the night.

CANNON & BALL FIRE OFF BIG BIKE RIDE CHALLENGE

AFTER swinging into action for charity in TV’s ‘I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here’, jungle stars Cannon and Ball are challenging people in Southport to play an active part in the NSPCC’s Big Bike Ride.

On 30 June, 1 & 2 July people all over the country will be organising bike rides in their local communities as part of the NSPCC’s Big Bike Ride fundraising event.

Bobby Ball, whose Australian adventure netted over £38,000 for the NSPCC, is hoping that local people will get behind the event and help raise vital funds for the children’s charity. He said:- “I am lucky to have spent over 40 years doing something that I love doing – making people laugh. But sadly many children grow up without the love and support needed to fulfil their potential, which is why I decided to do something to help.”

Tommy Cannon said:- “By organising a sponsored bike ride for the NSPCC you will be making an invaluable contribution to the lives of some of the most vulnerable children in the country. Please join us in supporting the NSPCC and together we can give children something to smile about.”

The NSPCC is looking for people to organise and take part in bike rides in their local communities. Regardless of age, fitness, ability or the speed of your bike, the emphasis over the weekend is to have fun and raise vital funds to end cruelty to children.

To apply for a FREE Big Bike Ride organiser pack call 0845 456 0001, or visit www.nspcc.org.uk/bigbikeride.

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