Category: Age Grade News

Durham County Girls look for mini red roses to join representative sides

Durham County Girls look for mini red roses to join representative sides

Pictured: Durham County U15s team 2016 17

 

As the Red Roses have set the way with their World Cup Campaign in Ireland in August it is hoped many mini red roses will join Durham County in this years U15 and U18 representative campaign.

The Red Roses may have narrowly missed out on retaining their World Cup title but they did not fail to inspire hundreds of females across the country!

Durham County U15s and U18s are looking to see the talent showcase on Sunday, October, 1 at their first trials of the season.

But, before that we need coaches to nominate all those worthy mini Red Roses! This can be done by filling out and downloading this form and sending it to: durhamcorugbywomenandgirls@gmail.com.

Remember to consider the tough criteria before nominating to save dissappointment!

Best of Luck!

Durham County U18s Boys on the hunt for nominations

Durham County U18s Boys on the hunt for nominations

 

Pictured: The U18s Team from 2016/17 season

 

As the Durham County representative teams are getting ready for the 2017/18 season, the U18s boys are looking for this years nominations.

Trials are only a short while away and the County Coaches are on the look out for this years rugby stars to join them!

Coaches, players or team managers can nominate players by following the instructions in this letter  and contacting Phil Lax but remember that competition is fierce and coaches are after quality not quantity!

Goodluck

ENGLAND’S MOST CAPPED RUGBY PLAYER SET TO UNVEIL BILLINGHAM RFC PITCH

ENGLAND’S MOST CAPPED RUGBY PLAYER SET TO UNVEIL BILLINGHAM RFC PITCH

Billingham Rugby Club welcome England’s most capped player, Jason Leonard to officially open their newly laid Artificial Grass Pitch.

This  Saturday, Bilingham Rugby Club are holding the grand opening of their RFU Rugby 365 Artificial Grass Pitch (AGP) with the help of OBE and former England Player, Jason Leonard.

Although the pitch has already had its christening of rugby boots since being laid, the club are welcoming; families, friends, players and spectators to enjoy the official opening.

Billingham were selected as the first Area Six club to trial the RFU Rugby 365 AGP in the 100 clubs across England. The pitches are part of the Rugby World Cup 2015 legacy seeing over £50m investment across four years around the country.

The aim of the pitches is to allow rugby to be played 365 days a year without weather permitting the game we love. This will mean we can play more rugby, more often especially as the weather in the North East can be very fluctuant.

As part of the agreement for holding an AGP pitch at the club, Billingham RFC will also be accessible to; surrounding rugby clubs, organisations, schools and more through an online booking system with fees as low as £24 per hour for some participants.

Jason Leonard, aka ‘The Fun Bus’ will open the pitch from 12pm followed by an open Q&A session.

On the day, there will be lots to enjoy including; a bouncy castle, outdoor bar, all day rugby and more.

Running of events:

11am – 1pm: Under 17s Tournament involving local clubs

12pm – 12:15pm: AGP Official opening by Jason Leonard OBE

1pm – 2pm: Durham County Women V Yorkshire County Women 3pm – 4.30pm: Billingham RUFC V Otley RUFC friendly

 

 

By Clarissa Murphy

Could you join the road to playing Internationally for Scotland

Could you join the road to playing Internationally for Scotland?

 

Scotland Exiles are looking to guide potential players through the different pathways to potentially play international rugby.

This could be you if you have Scotish roots, whether they be direct or through a generation.

Check out this great opportunity below and get that email sent today!

Game changer roadshow coming to a rugby club near you

Game changer roadshow coming to a rugby club near you

 

Durham RFU Professional Staff are hitting the road to bring a free coaching CPD to a club near you in September.

The three game changer workshops are set to take place in the North (Ryton RFC), Mid (Horden and Peterlee RFC) and the South (Darlington Mowden Park).

Coached across Durham County are welcomed to take up this FREE opportunity to learn some new skills, adaptive games and more to take back to their clubs.

See more detail on the poster below. To register: Contact DougiePatterson@RFU.com

Inner Warrior camps return to Durham County ahead of the Women’s Rugby World Cup

Inner Warrior camps return to Durham County ahead of the Women’s Rugby World Cup

 

As we prepare for the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup to hit our screens, the RFU have launched another round of Inner Warrior Campaigns.

England travel to Ireland to defend their World Cup title in just 13 days against teams such as Italy, Spain, the USA and more.

The latest Inner Warrior campaign took place in May across England as part of the initiative to get more Women and Girls playing rugby.

Throughout the last Inner Warrior camps, England Rugby reported that they exceeded targets with over 2500 Women and Girls taking part across 150 camps and over 1000 new players attending.

As the next window of camps approaches, Friday August, 18 to Sunday September,3, clubs across Durham County and Area Six are preparing to welcome more females to rugby.

In Durham County, seven different clubs have signed up to run Inner Warrior camps including: Acklam Rugby Club, Darlington Rugby Club,Darlington Mowden Park, Houghton Rugby Club, Horden and Peterlee, Hartlepool Rovers Ladies and Ryton Rugby Club.

Across Area Six which includes: Durham, Northumberland, Yorkshire and Cumbria there will be 35 Inner Warrior camps taking place.

A little about each event…

Acklam Rugby Club

Inner Warrior event for Girls – Aged 18 & below

“Come and join us for a training session designed to introduce new players to the sport.”

Find out more here >

Darlington Rugby Club

Women and Girls welcome

“Whether you are completely new to rugby or just need to dig out your boots, come along and join us.”

Find out more here

Darlington Mowden Park

Women and Girls welcome

“Home to successful contact teams and now home to a new women’s touch team we have lots to offer women and girls whatever you are looking for. Join us for our Inner Warrior camp and meet lots of friendly faces on August, 21!”

Houghton Rugby Club

Women and Girls Welcome

“After such a successful first Pitch up and Play in May with lots of new faces coming down to give rugby a try we would love the opportunity to welcome even more people. It will be a fun day for mums, sisters, aunties, friends and all the family to enjoy with a carousel of events! Our women and girls section is blossoming as we have recently started contact rugby aside from our touch rugby sessions.  We have a great set of coaches on had to help new and experienced players but most importantly make sure you have fun! Come join us and give it a TRY!”

Find out more here

Horden and Peterlee Rugby Club

Women and Girls welcome

“Meet your #Innerwarrior this August at Horden & Peterlee Rugby Club, 103 Eden Ln, Peterlee SR8 5DJ.  Come and join us on the 26th of August as Horden & Peterlee Rugby Club host an Inner Warrior Camp to snap up your first taste of girls’ rugby and get your hands on a RFU goodie bag!

The session will be non-contact and enjoyable for all abilities and will be followed by a BBQ and the option to stay and be inspired watching the Womens’ Rugby World Cup Final (KO 19:45) ”

Hartlepool Rovers RFC

Women and Girls welcome

“Our third Inner Warrior taster session. After the success of our last two we are making this one even bigger. Rugby taster session for girls in year 7 to 13 and ladies over 18. Lots of fun, games, food, drinks, and freebies. Ideal for new players who want to see our amzing female set up. We have teams for under 13s, 15s, 18s, and a Ladies team in the leagues.”

Ryton Rugby Club

Women and Girls welcome

“Are you looking to try something new in Ryton/Crawcrook/Greenside and the surrounding Gateshead area? Perhaps you want to put your boots back on? Come along to a FREE training session. We are looking for Women/Girls to join our team for the upcoming season. In addition to having fun, learning a new sport and getting fit, we have dedicated coaches committed to helping you achieve your goals.”

Find out more here

 

To find out more about events near you check out the Inner Warrior ‘find a club’ tool HERE

Durham County Schools Union Cup returns in September

Durham County Schools Union Cup returns in September

 

Durham County Schools Union are teaming up with the RFU Professional staff to bring you the County Schools Cup in September.

The Cup will provide an opportunity for schools to enter teams at each age group for both girls and boys.

We have located the cup events at rugby clubs across the North/Mid and the South East/South West to create less events with more value.

In the final events, to give schools alternative opponents, the top half of the table will play the top half from the opposite events and the bottom half will play the bottom half from the other event.

For more info check out the poster below and get in touch at: dcrfu@therfu.com

Durham County Schools Cup poster

Hartlepool Rovers Inner Warriors have more to celebrate than their second birthday

Hartlepool Rovers Inner Warriors have more to celebrate than their second birthday

 

Hartlepool Rovers celebrate their second birthday and prepare to enter the 2017/18 season with four contact female rugby sides.

Pictured: Hartlepool Rovers Women and Girls Section

 

Rovers Women and Girls section has continued to blossom since their first launch of an U13 Touch rugby team in 2013.

Back in their early days, Rovers U13s were made up from a number of girls that travelled around Durham County to play in Touch Rugby festivals. But, as the interest continued and coaches could see the team growing worth, they leaped to playing full contact by the end of the 2015/16 season.

Each season, Rovers have taken that extra step to continue growing their female section with the great support of coaches, volunteers and RFU Professional staff.

Phil Wallis, RFU Community Rugby Coach for South Durham, said: “Rovers are a very keen and well supported club.

“The Coaches are very enthusiastic about the women and girls section and have developed a great team ethos and culture that players, parents and volunteers are thriving to be a part of.

“They have all taken to it, like ducks to water and become a true rugby family”

Pictured; Rovers rugby family

 

Behind the Durham Northumberland Division One Senior Men’s Club are coaches Darren Smith, who also coaches the County U15 Girls representative side and Emily Hunter, Darlington Mowden Park Sharks Super League player.

Coach Darren Smith said: “Hartlepool Rovers are part of the RFU All Schools programme and we have coaches that attend sessions at schools which has helped us to gain momentum in gathering a girls section at the club.

“We also host girls schools festivals at the club to help with the transition from school rugby to club rugby.”

With all the support and backing of the women and girls section at the club, they were able to hit several milestones in their development, such as their girls section growing to 30 players playing contact rugby allowing them to field both an U13 and U15 team during the 2016/17 season.

But, of course that was not enough for the newly formed side as the U15s started their own tally sheet of success stories throughout the season. Achievements for the side included; seven players playing representative rugby for Durham County of which one player- Mia Simpson went on to play for North of England, making it to the Area 6 National Cup Semi-final after combining with Horden and Peterlee and coming runners up in Durham County sevens tournament.

Pictured: Rovers girls v Billingham Girls

Wallis commented on their success saying: “They have shown phenomenal progress since beginning their journey as a club.

“All the teams have grown significantly and they now have players joining them left, right and centre.”

Hartlepool Rovers girls are set for the 2017/18 season with players in each age category as girls move up into U18s.

So what else would be left to achieve for the South Durham side?

Darren Smith, Lead of Women and Girls at Rovers explained that the success of the junior teams sparked the idea to develop a ladies side.

He added: “We had a small group of girls turn up at the club on a training night and ask to get involved, so we held some touch rugby sessions with them.

“From there it continued to escalate and we soon became an RFU focus club for Women and Girls.

“We have been really impressed with the effort and commitment of our females and we want to mirror that commitment back to them and give them an environment they can develop into confident and competent rugby players.”

In January 2017 Rovers lit the flame to guide Women into the club in which was shortly followed by the launch of the RFU #InnerWarrior campaign to get more females into playing rugby.

By tagging on the back of the launch they were able to grow their start up figures of eight women to an impressive 40 women and girls at their first ever pitch up and play event.

 

InnerWarrior: Hartlepool Rovers second Inner warrior event

 

Smith explained that the Inner Warrior events were such a success as they advertised them across social media platforms, on the local radio, in the press and even went into the town centre to hand out leaflets.

He added: “All but two or three of our ladies are brand new to the game and they are all as keen as one another.”

                    

The short five months between January and the end of the season in May have been busy ones for Rovers Ladies. They have successfully signed up 30 Women to their contact team, played their first ever two contact fixtures as a team against Windemere Women and Morpeth Ladies, had six players in the Durham County Ladies Development squad and been accepted into the Women’s Northern Conference North East Two League for the 2017/18 season.

As they look ahead to their prosperous 2017/18 season, Smith commented: “It has been successful but not without a lot of hard work and determination.

“Our next aim is to have a full under 18s team next season which will give us a full girls section.

“We will look to progress into the National Cup and continue to push our girls towards County and North of England representation.

“For our ladies this is very much a season of consolidation. Having just been accepted into the leagues we will look to fulfil all of our fixtures and keep developing as we are.

“As well, we aim to have two ladies team with a competitive first team and a development team.

“The development team will be an offer for those wanting more of a social game but also a place for new players to gain valuable game time without the pressures of league rugby.”

Throughout next season, Rovers will make a few close journeys as they take on Bishop Auckland, Novocastrians, Acklam and Morpeth.

Their first home fixture is on Sunday, October 8 2017 against Morpeth.

To find out more about the Women and Girls section, check out their website here

BY Clarissa Murphy

Sun, Sea and Touch Rugby for Girls across Durham County

Sun, Sea and Touch Rugby for Girls across Durham County

 

Durham clubs gathered at Seaburn beach for a morning of rugby fun in the sun for the Girls Touch Beach festival.

Pictured by Sally Evans: Durham Clubs gather at Seaburn Beach

 

The beach festival was a huge hit with Durham Clubs with seven clubs bringing eleven teams to enjoy some competitive rugby.

Teams came from; Alnwick, Bishop Auckland, Barnard Castle, Houghton, Horden and Peterlee, Ryton and Sunderland.

Games ran very smoothly playing across two pitches in a round robin format supported by RFU professional staff.

Pictured by Sally Evans: Bishop in action against Ryton

Pictured by Sally Evans: Ryton in action against Barnard Castle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matt Bradford, Community Rugby Coach for Mid Durham said: “There was some great rugby on show and the games were played in the right spirit.

“Players, parents and coaches seemed to enjoy the morning and it was even better that the sun made an appearance for us.”

Pictured By Sally Evans: Team photo of all the teams

 

After a few hours of running around, getting hot and many tries later the day was rounded off with a short presentation to reward the girls who had been nominated by coaches to receive an England Rugby goody bag for demonstrating rugby’s core values throughout.

Pictured by Sally Evans: Alnwick collecting core values prize

Pictured by Sally Evans: Sunderland Spark collecting core values prize

 

Bradford added: “It was a really good rugby family day with everyone having fun and getting along and the majority of players, coaches and spectators finished off their day with a dip in the sea to cool off.

“A great day all round!”

Pictured by Sally Evans: Houghton Girls enjoying a splash

 

The next girls summer touch festival will take place at Acklam Rugby Club on Sunday, July 30 from 2pm following cancelation of the Consett event set for this coming Sunday.

For more photos of the day by Sally Evans, see here

By Clarissa Murphy

Upcoming Events

  • September 27, 2017
    • Girls Schools Cup R1
      2:30 pm

      This year the Schoosl Union have partnered with the RFU Professsional staff to bring back the County Cup. The Girls will kick start this with their central venue event at Horden and Peterlee RFC.

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