Category: Age Grade News

Durham County RFU pledge to become rugby safe as they prepare for launch in clubs

Durham County RFU pledge to become rugby safe as they prepare for launch in clubs

 

Durham County RFU are preparing to become ‘Rugby Safe‘ through the England Rugby 2018/19 initiative.

This will be officially launched to our clubs and safeguarding officers at the CB Safeguarding conference at Houghton Rugby in September.

 

The main focus of Rugby Safe is to look at the welfare of all players and the people that are involved in the game; this is supported by the RFU and the CB.

Some of the areas that the Rugby Safe programme will highlight, are; first aid, concussion, provision of activity and more. Through this learning, clubs will be tasked with developing and educating, checking and challenge volunteers.

Chris Simpson, Durham County RFU CB Rugby Safe Lead said: “We plan to launch the programme in the 2018/19 season and we will support clubs to develop their own strategies and policies to ensure that clubs become Rugby Safe.

“This is a really positive step forward in ensuring we are doing all we can to support and protect our players and volunteers throughout the game.”

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Durham County Schools beach festival sees a record number of girls playing rugby

Durham County Schools beach festival sees a record number of girls playing rugby

 

Durham County Schools Girls beach festival recorded its biggest attendance so far with 250 girls playing touch rugby.

Durham Beach Festival: record number of girls play school rugby

Over fifteen schools gathered at Seaburn beach on Friday afternoon to participate in the yearly Durham Schools beach festival organised by RFU Community Rugby Coach, Matthew Bradford.

Players from U13 and U15 age groups played in the touch rugby round robin games from schools; Castleview, Consett Academy, Dene Community, Durham Johnston, Harton Academy, Houghton Kepier, Kingsmeadow, Lord Lawson of Beamish, Monkwearmouth, Oxclose, Shotton Hall, Staindrop, St Johns, St Thomas Moore, Washington and Whickham.

Bradford commented: “It was fantastic to see so many girls along playing rugby for their school.

“Despite the sun hiding away it was a great afternoon with entertaining rugby on display.

“It was all about the schools and players having fun and enjoying an afternoon of rugby.”

As well as lots of young players enjoying playing, the beach festival also welcomed ten recently qualified level one referees from East Durham College and two from Durham Johnston through the Durham County Schools Union Young Match Officials Programme to help referee the games.

Bradford added: “The young match official programme with Durham County has allowed us to fund over thirty level one qualifications of recent.

“Having young officials at events like this are essential as they would not be able to go ahead otherwise.

“It is also a great environment for them to learn within and build their confidence.”

You can see photos of the event by Sally Evans, here

 

By Clarissa Murphy

New England Rugby XRUGBY7S format hailed an exciting success at Durham All Schools Festival

New England Rugby XRUGBY7S format hailed an exciting success at Durham All Schools Festival

Over one hundred boys and girls took part in the Rugby Football Union All Schools XRugby Seven’s Competition in front of England Rugby guests.

The girls and boys team were invited along to Billingham RUFC for an All Schools Festival with England Rugby guests, Steve Brown, Chief Executive Officer and Steve Grainger, Rugby Development Director watching from the side lines.

The day welcomed eight boys teams and four girls teams to the RFU artificial grass pitch to enjoy sunshine and an afternoon of trying a new format of the game, XRugby 7s.

Team Photo: South Durham All Schools at the XRugby7s festival

 

Organiser Phil Wallis, South Durham RFU Community Rugby Coach explained that the purpose of the day was to celebrate the end of three years as part of the All Schools Programme for the Hartlepool based schools and trial the new format of the game.

He added: “It shows the progress those schools have made and gives the teachers, players and parents an opportunity to celebrate their hard work with a festival and an end result.

“We also invited along schools that will enter their first and second year of the programme in September to show the potential it holds for the schools that are a part of it.”

Manor Academy, Dyke House, St Hild’s and High Tunstall were those among the seven teams celebrating the end of three years, with Ian Ramsey concluding their first year and St Michaels experiencing a taste of what is to come as they look ahead to their entry year in September.

On the day we caught up with Mr Howe, Ian Ramsey’s Rugby Teacher, on what he thought about the new format of the game.

He said: “The XRugby7s version of the game is exciting, it is quite a fluent game and there is obviously a lot of opportunities to move the ball. There is not a lot of set piece and it gets the ball in play a lot which the kids enjoy.

“We are seeing lots of open running and decent tries here today.

“The whole idea of the scoring zones gives the kids more excitement and they are all encouraging each other into the zones.”

You can check out the full interview on our Facebook page.

Across the afternoon parents, teachers, Steve Brown and Steve Grainger enjoyed watching lots of talent, off loads and tries throughout all the games.

Brown and Grainger commented on the female games saying that “they were very impressed with the standard of rugby being played”.

England Rugby guests: CEO Steve Brown, Rugby Development Director, Steve Grainger and Teesside and Yorkshire RDO, Alec Porter

 

Between the 34 girls and 77 boys, there were over one thousand points scored and 336 minutes played.

Wallis added: “Events like this show the players their success and achievements and it exposes them to a new format of the game that they might not have seen before.

“XRugby7s invites them to try something new, be creative and develop different skills from the traditional XV aside game.

“It was great to see so many boys and girls at the same event enjoying the day and being able to interact with others schools.”

By Clarissa Murphy

Durham County Schools Union hail success of the return of County Cup and Plate competitions

Durham County Schools Union hail success of the return of County Cup and Plate competitions

In 2017/2018 the Durham Schools Union partnered with RFU professional staff to bring back the County Schools Cup and Plate competitions.

The first round of the competition saw schools play one another based on geographical location. Based on the table result standings from each event, teams were sent to either the Cup or Plate finals.

This year saw over 33 schools enter across the seven age groups and almost 1,000 students taking part in the game.

Check out the infograph below, to learn more.

The Cup and Plate competition will take place again in the 2018/2019 season with some additions to the format to accommodate the large uptake, experienced this year.

Keep and eye out for more details to follow, soon!

EVENT: Transition Rugby workshop for your players and coaches

EVENT: Transition Rugby workshop for your players and coaches

 

Durham County Rugby Football Union are teaming with RFU professional staff to bring you a transition rugby workshop for players, coaches and club committee.

The workshop will take place at Horden and Peterlee RFC on Wednesday May, 9 from 6.30pm.

The workshop welcomes players from U16 – U18 at both the male and female game, coaches of those age groups and Directors of Rugby or Chairpersons.

It will be a proactive workshop looking at;

 

  • Contextual information; what the facts and figures say about the transition from age grade rugby to senior rugby. We will be looking at the 14-24 age band, and observing how priorities around rugby change throughout these ages.
  • Action: This is your chance to be proactive. We will be discussing what clubs already offer, what clubs achieve from alternative offers and the next step forward.
  • Plan a discover session back at your club: This workshop will give you ideas of how you can get more of your young players talking, and turn that 15 year old player into the 25 year old player.
  • Finally, we will be observing how discussions on the day, and any ideas can be supported by Durham County RFU.

We welcome as many attendees as possible, in order to make a success of the event and take true reflections from those affected into the next steps.

We want your say!! We do not want to guess or assume what you might want from rugby.

RSVP event

Sign up now using this link!

Durham County U15s conclude campaign with two away victories against Cumbria

Durham County U15s conclude campaign with two away victories against Cumbria

Cumbria welcomed the Princes and Bishops to the new and modern home of Kendal RUFC for two physical and team performances.

Durham secured a 50 – 14 victory followed by a last play of the game 26-19 win for the Princes to keep an unbeaten record for their 2017/18 season.

Durham Bishops took to the field first with tries coming from; Captain Sam Turnill (2), Jack Trainer, Evan Lawther, Ben Heighway, Aidan Young, Joe Dufton (2) and Michael Graham with a further ten points from the boot of Dufton.

A number of the Durham Bishop tries came from the Durham players hitting lines at pace and with meaning to allow them to break free and cross the line.

Cumbria were not without their own success as their determined attitude saw them score two converted tries late on in the game.

After a high flying opening game, Durham were surprised with a dominant Cumbrian side in the Princes fixture.

Despite Oly Stables opening up the scoring with an intercepted try from the half way line to score and unconverted try, it was then the hosts leading the attack.

Cumbria ran in three tries to sit 19 – 5 ahead, but Durham demonstrated their resilience for a try from Michael Graham after efficient hands and a kick through the defensive set up, converted by Ewan Greenlaw to cut the deficit to 19-12.

Scoring his second of the game, Stables was set up by the pack to run over for a converted try by Greenlaw to see the two sides 19 a piece on the score board.

But, it was the visitors that proved their thirst for another victory as the last play of the game saw kicker Greenla, break the line before offloading to Graham to finish under the posts for a converted try to win 26-19.

Pete Addison, U15s backs coach said: “It was a great day, with some superb rugby on display in both games.

“As coaches we talk about resilience, and todays Princes game was a perfect example of what, never giving up can achieve.”

Durham County Manager, Phil Lax added: “ As a coaching team we are extremely proud of all thep players.

“And of course, a huge well done to our coaching team; John Forester, Philip Shaw, Pete Addison and Rob West.”

By Clarissa Murphy

Durham County announce U15 squads ahead of away trip to Cumbria on Sunday

Durham County announce U15 squads ahead of away trip to Cumbria on Sunday 

Durham County U15s face their last game of the 2017/18 campaign away to Cumbria at Kendal RFC on Sunday.

The side will travel with two reduced sides due to player unavailability, but will look to end their campaign the way they started against Northumberland.

Here are the players making the journey;

Princes
PLAYER                                         CLUB                      SCHOOL

1. Tom Mitchell (C)                         DMP
2. Kai Leake                                   Gateshead              Emmanuel College
3. Max Eyres                                  Durham City
4. Jamie Pender                             DMP                        Yarm School
5. Thabo Dube                               Blaydon                    Emmanuel College
6. Connor Charlton                        Durham City             Durham School
7. Jacob Rowley                            Blaydon                    Newcastle School for Boys
8. Oscar Arkley                              Durham City
9. Oliver Turner Blake                   DMP                          Carmel College
10. Tristan Sommersall                 Northern                   Newcastle School for Boys
11. Jack Hillary                             Blaydon
12. Aaron Norman                         Durham City             Venerable Bede C of E
13. Ewan Greenlaw                      Durham City               Durham School
14. Oliver Stables                         Durham City               Houghton Kepier
15. Josh Irving                              DMP                           Carmel College

16. Charles Siddle                      Westoe                        Whitburn C of E
17. Harrison Minto                      Westoe                        Whitburn C of E

Bishops
PLAYERS                                   CLUB                              SCHOOL

1. Kiran Hope                             Durham City
2. Jack Dunphy                          Durham City                    St Johns RC
3. Lewis Pressley                       DMP                                Longfield Academy
4. Matthew Stevens                   Bishop Auckland              King James 1st Academy
5. Adam Thornton                     Yarm                                 Egglescliffe
6. Jack Trainer                          Yarm                                 Ian Ramsey C of E Academy
7. Jack Moralee                         Durham City                     Durham School
8. Sam Turnill (C)                      Durham City
9. Jaden Robson                       DMP
10. Joe Dufton                           Durham City                     St Leonard’s
11. Callum Morris                      Yarm                                 All Saints Academy
12. Evan Lawther                      Blaydon                            Emmanuel College
13. Michael Graham                  Durham City                     St Johns. RC
14. Oliver Stables                     Durham City                       Houghton Kepier
15. Josh Irving                          DMP                                  Carmel College

16. Zach Welsh                        Durham City                       RGS

Durham County U15s triumphant away to Northumberland in opening fixtures

Durham County U15s triumphant away to Northumberland in opening fixtures

 

Durham County U15s secure two convincing wins away to rivals Northumberland, to end their winning streak at Alnwick RFC.

Durham Princes and Bishops took to the road to make their way north to take on the Northumberland Reivers and Jacobites.

In the first game, Northumberland Reivers welcomed the Princes to the sunny Alnwick grounds for what turned out to be a fast running game of rugby, resulting in a 62-21 victory for the visitors.

Durham U15s 2017/18: Princes Team photo after Northumberland victory

 

Phil Lax, Durham County U15 Team Manager said: “There was lots of excellent play throughout the game.

“The Durham lads turned up focussed and ready to play”

Durham asserted dominance early, through their forwards before shipping the ball out quick to Jake Anderson to score the first of his two tries.

Other tries came from; Ewan Greenlaw (2), Oliver Stables (2), Jakob Ogundipe, Tristan Somersall and Thabo Dube.

Durham’s Tyler Hepple converted six of the ten tries scored by the visitors to extend their lead.

Lax added; “To Northumberland’s huge credit, they kept battling and scored three tries, all of which were converted.”

Following in the footsteps of the Princes, the Bishops dominated the score board in the second game, recording a 55 – 7 win over the Jacobites.

Due to having the delayed kick off time, the Durham Bishops got off to a slow start.

Lax commented; “They took a few minutes to find their feet, but once they did they displayed some exceptional rugby with pressure in defence.”

The Durham Bishops tallied up nine tries against the hosts, with points coming from; Archie Thompson (2), Michael Graham (2), Oscar Jacques (2), Aiden Young, Evan Lawther and Sam Turnill with Joe Dufton scoring ten points from his boot.

Durham U15s 2017/18: Durham Bishops team photo after Northumberland victory

 

Lax said: “For a first game together, to accumulate 19 tries and only concede four across the two fixtures, shows the tremendous talent and dedication of the players.

“It is also credit to the new coaching set up, Philip Shaw, John Forester, Pete Addison and Rob West, who were deservedly a very happy group of coaches.”

The next fixture will see the sides travel to Cumbria for their re-arranged fixture on Sunday April, 8 at Kendal RUFC.

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