Category: Age Grade News

Date Change for County U18 session

Statement for the date change;

The planned County U18 session for the 19th has to be moved by one week to the 26th of November.

The session will be at Darlington Mowden Park with 6.45pm registration for a 7pm start.

The reason for the move of the session is to ensure we comply with the annual RFU calendar of events and not have any activity out with our allotted time for this years u18 county sessions. Please confirm that you can make this date and we will confirm the location in the next few days.

Thanks for your understanding.

DCRFU

U18 Management team

Durham County announce first Challenge Cup ticket winners as West Hartlepool U15s

Durham County announce first Challenge Cup ticket winners as West Hartlepool U15s

 

West Hartlepool U15s have been named Durham County’s September ‘Story of the Month’ through the Newcastle 2019 European Club Rugby Finals initiative.

West Hartlepool were nominated as a team that displayed exceptional core values of the game on multiple occasions.

Newcastle 2019 September ticket winners: West Hartlepool U15 Boys

 

The sportsmanship and respect that the young rugby players have demonstrated has won them, 20 free tickets to the European Challenge Cup Final at St James’ Park in May next year.

In recent weeks, West Hartlepool have been complimented from other clubs both on and off the field.

One club spectator, said: “A couple of the young lads were lovely to my three year old daughter.

“She was on the pitch after the first team game and the lads were brilliant with her. They made sure they were careful and gave her a ball to play with, and passed their ball to her in-between their own passing game.

“They even helped her to kick the ball. They are an absolute credit to the club.”

But, the young West lads have also been noticed by Acklam Rugby Club for their sportsmanship on the field.

In a recent fixture against Acklam U15s, the coaches made the decision to mix up the teams to let everyone enjoy the game.

Yet, with a clear advantage to staying as a team for the score line, the lads mixed teams without hesitation.

Acklam Age Grade Chair, Len Taylor, said: “The West U15 team and coaches, are true rugby men.

“We would like to say a huge thank you, you have a great team and your help with numbers and willingness to play mixed teams, meant a lot!”

The Challenge Cup will kick start the Newcastle 2019 European Club Rugby Finals on Friday May, 10 at 7.45pm at St James’ Park, for more information go to: http://www.newcastle2019.com/

If you would like to be considered for our next Story of the Month prize through Newcastle 2019, download the nomination form and send it into dcrfu@therfu.com by the end of each month.

 

By Clarissa Murphy

Durham County RFU open applications for the upcoming seasons U18 Boys

Durham County RFU open applications for the upcoming seasons U18 Boys

 

Durham County Rugby Football are pleased to announced that they are accepting nominations for this seasons U18 Boys players.

But, you only have SIX days to get your entries in to our Pathway Manager, David Hill.

Due to a tight timescale, the nominations have to be returned by October, 24 and the first session will run on October, 28.

We wish you all the best of luck and hope to see lots of talent in the squad, again this year!

You can take a look at the nominations letter, here! 

Durham County Schools’ Union Young Match Officials Programme proudly sponsored by Vic Young Mitsubishi Motors’

Durham County Schools’ Union Young Match Officials Programme proudly sponsored by Vic Young Mitsubishi Motors’

 

Durham Schools’ Union have partnered with Vic Young Mitsubishi Motors’ to increase the number of Young Match Officials in the County.

Durham are pleased to announce one of their new sponsorship partnership with Vic Young car dealership, which will help the Schools’ Union provide referee qualifications and support for hundreds of young rugby ambassadors.

The Young Match Officials Programme has been designed to recruit school pupils to become level one and level two qualified referees.

Vic Young, Managing Director of the Dealership, said: “I have had many years’ of experience in rugby throughout the North East.

“And, I take pride in ensuring young people of the area take the opportunity of a well-balanced environment which I believe the rugby community offers to them.”

This opportunity will work with a cluster of affiliated Durham Schools’ to begin with, to provide Rugby Football Union accredited Quilter Kids First Refereeing courses and Refereeing the 15-aside game courses. The level one qualification will enable the pupils to referee up to U13, while the level two covers all ages.

YMO: Match Official shirts for Young Rugby volunteers

Young added: “At the risk of sounding corny, the people of the North East have been very generous with their support for the business in the last 45 years, and this is our way of putting something back!”

As well as opening the door to more young rugby volunteers and adding value to their rugby experience, this programme will also welcome Durham County Referee Society Mentors to shadow the rugby ambassadors and improve their confidence and knowledge of the game.

Durham is not only the first Schools’ Union to lead on such a programme, thanks to their sponsorship deal but they will also be the first to offer ‘Referee Caps’ to pupils that join the programme.

The referees will be invited to officiate at Durham Schools’ fixtures such as the County Cup and local festivals. By attending the events, they gain points in the YMO Schools’ table and Schools’ could be in with a chance of winning and RFU equipment pack.

John Pearson, Former Schools’ Union Secretary, said: “The average referee age in Durham, is ageing and this programme will enable us to challenge that by supporting a new feed of young ambassadors.

“This will hopefully invite more than just rugby players to the programme, and instead increase the pool of people involved in the game in the area.

“It is just the beginning of a fantastic opportunity for Durham Schools.”

If you would like to learn more about refereeing, please check out the latest course dates near you, or get in touch with Durham County at dcrfu@therfu.com.

Keep an eye out for more news on our YMO programme, and another monetary award confirmed, this week!

By Clarissa Murphy

Durham Representative Committee launches new County Coaches application process

Durham Representative Committee launches new County Coaches application process

Durham County RFU are pleased to announce a new application process open to anyone that wishes to be a representative coach. 

We take great pride in our County Representative teams, and thanks to our valued volunteers we have not been short of our success.

Our most recent, saw our Senior Men make it all the way to the Bill Beaumont Division Two Final at Twickenham in May, beating Warwickshire to be titled the 2017/18 Champions.

But, we are always looking for new coaches, volunteers and members to join the programme and build on our success.

So, if you think this could be your next challenge, or you just want to get involved in some way then check out the following role descriptions and  APPLY ONLINE HERE before Oct, 31.

Please be aware that our coaching programmes run at different times in the year; U15 Male (Feb – March), U16 Male (Jan -March), U17 Male (Jan – April), U18 Male (Oct – Jan), U15 Female (Feb – March), U18 Female (Jan – March).
U20 Men, Senior Men, Senior Women (April – May).

 

As well as our county programme, we also have a talented players programme called DPP for ages U13 – U15 males. If you wish to get involved in that, please contact David Hill: georgedavidhill@yahoo.co.uk 

Durham County RFU have teamed up with Newcastle 2019 to offer a ‘Story of the Month’ prize

Durham County RFU have teamed up with Newcastle 2019 to offer a ‘Story of the Month’ prize

 

Durham County Rugby Football Union are pleased to announce that they will be giving away 20 free tickets to the European Champions Challenge Cup Final, each month.

This prize scheme comes after teaming up with team Newcastle 2019 and Newcastle Falcons, to offer our volunteers, players, coaches, and referees an opportunity to win this great prize.

And to win, it is so simple. All you have to do is tell us YOUR story! We want to hear stories from our clubs, schools and members, about whatever you think makes you stand out from the rest.

To enter, download the form below and return your nomination with all details and pictures included to us at: DCRFU@THERFU.COM

We are still accepting September entries, until October 11th due to the delay with announcing this, so please get in touch ASAP.

story of the month

Durham County Rugby Football Union are teaming up with Newcastle Falcons, in conjunction with Newcastle2019.com to bring you a ‘Story of the Month’ Award. Do you know a veteran that has been with your club for as long as the club has been around? Maybe, you have a whole family playing rugby wi…

By Clarissa Murphy 

Durham City Rugby Club set to launch female section with the help of Durham University Women’s team

Durham City Rugby Club set to launch female section with the help of Durham University Women’s team

 

Durham City Rugby Club have partnered with Durham University Women’s team to launch a new Women and Girls’ section at the club.  

The aim of the launch with development days is to welcome new females to the game, or returning players in the U15, U18 and Women’s age groups.

Durham University Publicity officer, Lydia Otulakowski said: “We are really excited about this venture.

“And we would love to broadcast its arrival throughout Durham to recruit new girls, to try out this great sport!”

The development days are set to take place on September 16th and September 30th, from 1pm until 3pm.

Each event will conclude the fun filled activity based day with a complimentary BBQ, and of course the bar will be open!

Those attending can even grab a chance to win a free shirt, all you have to do is go along to both sessions.

Does this sound like something that could be a fun opportunity for you, or even your mum, sister, friend or cousin? Well head over to the Facebook event now to keep in touch with all the information for the two days.

 

By Clarissa Murphy

Mowden Park set to launch a Young Sports Leadership Programme

Mowden Park set to launch a Young Sports Leadership Programme

 

Darlington Mowden Park have announced that they will host a level one and level two young sports leadership programme from September this year.

The programme is open to anyone, over the age of 12 that are interested in learning valuable communication and leadership skills through the use of sport.

This announcement comes after the hosts experienced a successful pilot programme, during the Summer Activity Programme.

“Mowden Park in the Community are excited to extend this programme, which will incorporate specific volunteering opportunities linked with Mowden Park Match Days and Mowden Park in the Community Festivals.” 

You can find out more about the level one and two qualifications and how to book on, here.

Durham County Age Grade Cup Draw announced for upcoming season

Durham County Age Grade Cup Draw announced for upcoming season

 

After some delays with the Age Grade County Cup draw, we are pleased to announce the round one fixtures for each age group.

The fixtures are appointed with an on or before date to be played by, it is important that we stick to these date to ensure we remain inside the club approved playing windows for Age Grade, and to ensure we can progress with round two, smoothly.

All results and any issues with play dates are to go through the cup administrator, Peter Greenwell.

Please send a copy of your results to dcrfu@therfu.com for upload to the website and social media.

This year we would really like to encourage clubs to send in pictures of either after match team shots or, in play snaps so that we can curate content online and on social accounts! 

Best of luck, everyone.

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Consett Rugby Club U18s reign victorious during tour to America

Consett Rugby Club U18s reign victorious during tour to America

 

Consett Rugby Club return to the North East as Great Lake Sevens winners after an unforgettable summer tour for their under 18 boys.

Consett RFC visited the Milwaukee and Chicago area for the fourth time with the 2017/18 season U18 Boys for sightseeing, Sevens rugby, music festivals and the first leg of a 15aside fixture against Illinois State Tornado’s.

Consett U18 Boys: The victorious touring team after their victories at Great Lake 7s

 

Consett U18s reigned Great Lake Sevens Champions during their twelve day stay with five from five victories, including a 45 -7 final result in the competition at Chicago Blaze Rugby Club.

The competition final saw tries from; Daniel Smith (Capt), Oli Bartles Smith, Matthew Lovett, Oliver Smith, Owen Young & Callum Smith.

During their visit to the USA, the Great Lake Sevens was not the only rugby on the agenda, as the North East tourists played in the Lakefront 7s, the largest sevens competition in the USA, followed by the largest music festival, Summerfest and a 15 aside fixture against Illinois State Tornado’s ending 55-14 to the visitors.

David Trott, Chairman and Tour Leader commented on the trip, saying: “These opportunities are really important for keeping the interest in rugby, especially for an age grade that generally struggles to retain players.

“The expectations and pleasure in seeing the players take the field and interact in another countries rugby culture is truly inspiring to both the young adults and coaches, who in some cases have been together for 12 years.

“Now we hope they take to the field as senior players and continue to play rugby for many years to come.”

Across the trip to America, the Consett boys were able to experience a host of attractions off the field as well, including; Lambeau Field, Home of NFL team Green Bay Packers and the Hall of Fames, Summerfest, Raging Waves Water Park, University of Notre Dame tour, Shedd Aquarium, Sky Deck including the glass ledge walk, Chicago Zoo, Fireworks on lake Michigan, Museum of Science, Wrigley field for Major League Baseball, and even a spot of a shopping.

Even with such a spoiling choice, player Matthew Lovett said his highlight was the full access tour of the University of Notre Dame seeing all the sporting facilities.

Lovett added: “To see their indoor training facility, 24 man jacuzzi in the practise locker room, physio room and weights room used by the football team was just amazing.

“The history of Notre Dame and the fighting Irish Football team was truly unforgettable.”

Lambeau Field: Consett U18s tour of the home of NFL Green Back Packers

 

While, Daniel Smith, U18B Captain, said: “ It was an amazing experience and a one that will never be forgotten.

“Getting to explore new surroundings and magnificent places while meeting new faces was an amazing aspect of the tour.

“With playing rugby came a big challenge which we matched and succeeded in, coming away with a well-deserved victory in the Great Lake 7’s.”

By Clarissa Murphy 

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