.htaccess directory rewrite

I am in the situation where I need to rewrite all pages within a directory (/categories/Sports) to another directory (/categories/Sports-Equipment). I have the following htaccess in place - which is created by the software - but no matter how many options I try I can't get it to work (anything that does work seem to result in a permanent redirect.

Anyone any ideas? It would also be useful if the code included a 301!

Options -MultiViews +FollowSymlinks -Indexes

# Force 401 pages to use a valid error document
# so they do not fall back to the 404 which is
# triggered by ISC. This allows HTTP Auth to work
# correctly
ErrorDocument 401 "Unauthorized access"

<IfModule mod_security.c>
	# Turn off mod_security filtering.
	SecFilterEngine Off

	# The below probably isn't needed, but better safe than sorry.
	SecFilterScanPOST Off
</IfModule>

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
	RewriteEngine On
	# If your server is running PHP in CGI mode you will probably need to uncomment the following lines
	# Only uncomment lines that begine with Rewrite

	# The RewriteBase should be set to the same value as the AppPath setting in your config.php WITH a / on the end
	# RewriteBase /

	# This rewrite base rule is only required if you are getting 401 unauthorized errors when placing an order with Google Checkout
	# RewriteRule .* - [E=REMOTE_USER:%{HTTP:Authorization}]
	#
	# Alternatively, if the above does not work, try uncommenting this line below instead:
	# SetEnvIfNoCase Authorization "Basic ([a-z0-9=]+)" REMOTE_AUTHORIZATION=$1

	RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} robots.txt
	RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
	RewriteRule robots.txt robots_default.txt [L]

	RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
	RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
	RewriteRule . index.php
	RewriteRule ^categories/Sports(.*)$ http://www.sportswarehouse.co.uk/categories/Sports-Equipment$1 [L,R=301]
	<IfModule mod_env.c>
		SetEnv SEO_SUPPORT 1
	</IfModule>
</IfModule>

<IfModule mod_deflate.c>
	AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/x-javascript text/css text/html text/xml
</IfModule>

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mcfinsterAsked:
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ahoffmannCommented:
is your apache configured to use .htaccess files, i.e.
   Allowoverride All
torakeshbCommented:
mcfinsterAuthor Commented:
ahoffman,

Yes, the server is configured properly.

torakeshb,

Been through that url but it doesn't cover changing a directory name and also the url of any files in that directory!
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torakeshbCommented:
This should be the configuration for redirecting from folder to a folder.

Options +FollowSymLinks
<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /

RewriteRule ^categories/Sports(.*)$ http://www.sportswarehouse.co.uk/categories/Sports-Equipment$1 [L,R=301]

</IfModule>
ahoffmannCommented:
RewriteRule ^/*categories/Sports(.*)$ http://www.sportswarehouse.co.uk/categories/Sports-Equipment$1 [L,R=301]
mcfinsterAuthor Commented:
Thanks for that, strange thing is (as I'd discovered before) the only place in the htaccess file I can get this to do anything is right at the top, but if placed there it results in a redirect loop. Anywhere else and it doesn't work. Not sure what's stopping it working!!
ahoffmannCommented:
# oops, missed the condition:
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !^/categories/Sports-Equipment
RewriteRule ^/*categories/Sports(.*)$ http://www.sportswarehouse.co.uk/categories/Sports-Equipment$1 [L,R=301]

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mcfinsterAuthor Commented:
Hmm,m, still get a redirect loop with that

Loop
http://www.sportswarehouse.co.uk/categories/Sports-Equipment-Equipment-Equipment-Equipment-Equipment-Equipment-Equipment-Equipment-Equipment-Equipment-Equipment-Equipment-Equipment-Equipment-Equipment-Equipment-Equipment-Equipment-Equipment-Equipment-Equipment/ 

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htaccess Code
Options +FollowSymLinks
<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !^/categories/Sports-Equipment
RewriteRule ^/*categories/Sports(.*)$ http://www.sportswarehouse.co.uk/categories/Sports-Equipment$1 [L,R=301]

</IfModule>

Options -MultiViews +FollowSymlinks -Indexes

# Force 401 pages to use a valid error document
# so they do not fall back to the 404 which is
# triggered by ISC. This allows HTTP Auth to work
# correctly
ErrorDocument 401 "Unauthorized access"

<IfModule mod_security.c>
	# Turn off mod_security filtering.
	SecFilterEngine Off

	# The below probably isn't needed, but better safe than sorry.
	SecFilterScanPOST Off
</IfModule>

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
	RewriteEngine On
	# If your server is running PHP in CGI mode you will probably need to uncomment the following lines
	# Only uncomment lines that begine with Rewrite

	# The RewriteBase should be set to the same value as the AppPath setting in your config.php WITH a / on the end
	# RewriteBase /

	# This rewrite base rule is only required if you are getting 401 unauthorized errors when placing an order with Google Checkout
	# RewriteRule .* - [E=REMOTE_USER:%{HTTP:Authorization}]
	#
	# Alternatively, if the above does not work, try uncommenting this line below instead:
	# SetEnvIfNoCase Authorization "Basic ([a-z0-9=]+)" REMOTE_AUTHORIZATION=$1

	RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} robots.txt
	RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
	RewriteRule robots.txt robots_default.txt [L]

	RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
	RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
	RewriteRule . index.php
	Options +FollowSymLinks
	<IfModule mod_env.c>
		SetEnv SEO_SUPPORT 1
	</IfModule>
</IfModule>

<IfModule mod_deflate.c>
	AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/x-javascript text/css text/html text/xml
</IfModule>

Redirect permanent /doe http://www.sportswarehouse.co.uk/categories/Outdoor/Duke-of-Edinburgh/

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ahoffmannCommented:
do you need to take care of the text behind "/sports" ?
if not, we can simplify and strengthen the rules:

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !^/categories/Sports-Equipment/*$
RewriteRule ^/*categories/Sports$ http://www.sportswarehouse.co.uk/categories/Sports-Equipment [L,R=301]
mcfinsterAuthor Commented:
Ah, no it wasn't that but adding trailing slashes to all the links in the htaccess has works. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction!
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