HELSBY RUFC's junior development plan is well ahead of schedule, but that isn't stopping them from redoubling efforts to attract more youngsters into the sport.
To have run five teams below senior level in 2004-05 was beyond expectations, but this could well rise to eight next season.
Meanwhile, the club is investing in a scheme which will see a community coach employed to take the 15-aside game to more schools.
Helsby RUFC have joined forces with Northwich and Winnington Park rugby clubs, Vale Royal Borough Council and Sport England in an RFU Cheshire initiative that has led to the appointment of Geoff Crawford.
'Geoff will go into schools on our behalf to develop rugby in our area,' said Chris Johnson, club development officer.
'We are expecting this will have a knock-on effect with our membership.'
Helsby have also sealed a new sponsorship deal with Concept Kitchens and obtained Sportsmatch funding to buy equipment for their development work, and also train up new coaches.
'Ten coaches are going to be taking RFU qualifications,' added Johnson.
In the season just ended, the club fielded combined sides at Under 7s and 8s and Under 9s and 10s plus U11s, U12s and U14s - the younger age group sides including girls as well as boys.
A longer-term objective is to have girls teams.
'Our U14s got through to the final of the Wirral Floodlit Trophy, losing to Ellesmere Port,' said the club development officer.
'The U7s and U8s only lost three games all season while the U11s put in good performances against some of the top teams in the county and have come on as a team.'
Even the club itself is surprised at progress so far.
'We never thought we would be where we are now,' admitted Johnson.
'We put together a development plan and thought we would set ourselves a target of one team per season.
'After only two years, we have five teams going and hopefully by the start of next season, we are going to have eight teams in place. That will be some achievement.
'We will be looking at establishing what will be a completely new U7s team, with all the others moving up in age group.
'We are hoping to separate out the U7s and U8s and run individual age groups from U7s through to U13s and what will be an U15s team.
'We will have a gap at U14s unless something unexpected happens.'