Category: Age Grade News

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

County Girls: County Summer camp open days announced

County Girls: County Summer camp open days announced

 

Durham County Women and Girls committee are running two Summer camp open days for U15 and U18 players to attend.

The aim of the days is to get lots of girls from clubs across Durham County at the two different venues to showcase their talent and even learn something new.

By hosting open days before the season begins, coaches get a chance to work with a range of players and it means there is no limit on who can attend!

Last year, players from our County teams went on to North of England assessments, with some going on to play in the squad.

 

Team photo: Durham County U15s 2016/17 season

 

The Summer camps will be run by the upcoming seasons representative girls coaches.

Camp one -RYTON RFC – Sunday August, 20 at 1.30pm

Camp two – HARTLEPOOL ROVERS – Sunday September, 10 at 1.30pm

Durham County Schools Union: Our fourth and final news update of the academic year

Durham County Schools Union: Our fourth and final news update of the year

 

After a succesfull year of getting the Schools Union Committee reformed we would like to say a huge thank you to all those that supported, joined and interacted with the Durham County RFU Schools Union during 2016/2017.

We are a committee full of teachers and volunteers and would not be able to progress the way we have without you all.

Our final Schools’ update will tell you the latest news and need to know information for your schools rugby team.

Schools Union Update four

 

RFU Professional Staff are looking for you to join their All Schools Coaching team

RFU Professional Staff are looking for you to join their All Schools Coaching team

 

The Durham RFU Professional Staff are looking for keen, qualified and determined individuals to join their All Schools Coaching team.

As the All Schools Programme continues to brand out across Durham County, this year we will see new projects in Ryton and Darlington – which means we need more staff!

The All Schools Programme reaches out to schools across Durham to help coach and develop Rugby Union, it also connects schools with their local rugby club to enable transition of players to grow our game.

To find out more check out the job descriptions below and register your interest on or before MONDAY JULY, 10 2017!!

RYTON

CBRE All Schools Coach advert 2017-18 (Ryton)

DARLINGTON

CBRE All Schools Coach advert 2017-18 (Darlington)

Inner Warrior camps to return to Durham County after huge success in May

Inner Warrior camps to return to Durham County after huge success in May

After a successful launch of the Inner Warrior campaign in May to attract more women to contact rugby, England Rugby are launching a second Inner Warrior camp in August.

Durham County saw a number of clubs hold Inner Warrior camps attracting women and girls to our rugby family.

In May, England rugby exceeded targets for their camps;

  • Over 2500 Women & Girls took part across approx. 150 camps
  • Over 1000 new players attended
  • See snapshot of some of the successes here – Inner Warrior Round Up May 2017

And so, to build on this we are now running another Inner Warrior Camp campaign from Friday Aug, 18 to Sunday September, 3 which will be during the Women’s Rugby World Cup so a great time to centre recruitment around!

What’s in it for your club?

Your Inner Warrior Camp will receive:

  • Support from local England Rugby staff in the build-up and during your event.
  • National promotion through England Rugby’s website including sign up options for new people.
  • Links to a national campaign across England Rugby channels and press that will be re-launched just ahead of all events.
  • Access to the England Rugby Brand Centre to design your club poster/flyer/social media banner and use the event guide with England Rugby imagery and phrases.
  • There will be opportunities in each area for certain events to be supported with further resources once the applications are in.

What do I have to do to register?

  • Simply click HERE to register your event. This will take less than 5mins if you know the date and time of your event
  • You MUST apply by Friday July, 14!    

 

What does the club do next?

  • Start planning how you are going to run and promote your Inner Warrior Camp, ensuring the whole club buys into this.  After all, this could result in more members!
  • Think of what will encourage local non-rugby women / girls to come down and have a go – not necessarily always rugby related!!
  • Once your event has been accepted as an Inner Warrior Event, get it on social media and ensure you share it regularly with as many local groups as possible

 

Durham County look forward to seeing lots of clubs registered and involved in the Inner Warrior camps to recruit more women and girls to our rugby family!

 

 

 

Durham County are looking for their first representative Girls rugby sponsor

Durham County are looking for their first representative Girls rugby sponsor

 

As we prepare for the upcoming season, Durham County would like to offer you the opportunity to sponsor the U15/ U18 representative Girls Rugby teams.

This sponsor will see you feature on trianing kits, have your business name sponsored across Durham, Lancashire and Cheshire!

Our County squad features players that were selected to join the North of England U18s squad this year and will still be with us for another season.

There are several benefits for teaming up with us, with opportunities and coverage offered in various ways for your company!

Pictured: Girls Sponsor advert

 

For more information contact Francesca Harding at: durhamcorugbywomenandgirls@gmail.com

Upcoming Events

  • July 27, 2017
    • Womens Summer Touch
      6:30 pm

      In the final event for the Women's summer touch festivals, women will play at Houghton RFC in a series of game. Games will start from 7pm

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