The NCL season kicks off in March with the West Cumbria giants competing in the League’s Third Division.
The Rangers have successfully passed a thorough application process and review of their applications by members of the NCL Management Committee.
The management committee’s recommendation for acceptance received overwhelming support from existing member clubs.
The inclusion of Ellenborough means there will now be 46 teams in the competition next season after Hunslet Warriors, Batley Boys and Bradford Dudley Hill decided against joining the competition next season.
The Premier, Division 1 & 2 will consist of twelve teams and Division 3 will start with ten tea
Trevor Hunt, league chairman, welcomed the new additions, saying: “We are delighted that Ellenborough have submitted such a strong application to join the NCL, and that they have been overwhelmingly accepted to play in our competition for 2023. by current member clubs.
“It’s a very strong club that has been at the top of the CARLA league with ambitious, motivated and hard-working committees and players who have worked for NCL membership for the past few years.
Ellenborough’s Robbie Thompson spoke on behalf of the club after receiving news of their successful bid.
“After learning earlier today that Ellenborough Rangers had been accepted into the NCL, we were over the moon. As a club, we have strived to enter this prestigious competition for several years. This could not have been achieved without the hard work and dedication of our committee, coaches, back room staff and players, as well as our supporters who follow the team week after week. Some special people in the history of our club also need to be mentioned because without them we would not be in the position we are in today: Kevan Gorge, John Batty, Alan Perry, Wilson Steele, Billy Bryce En As a club we now look forward to 2023 and will begin pre-season training at the end of November 2022. We are extremely eager to test ourselves in domestic competition and against new opponents every week. We would also like to thank CARLA for giving us a platform to showcase the strength of the game in West Cumbria and will always have a strong presence within the CARLA league our A team will compete in in 2023.