Category: Schools News

Durham County Women and Girls proudly release their first monthly newsletter

Durham County Women and Girls proudly release their first monthly newsletter

 

The womens game has been growing for some time now and Durham County are proud to demonstarate that growth as they release their first montly newsletter.

There are clubs across the County doing great things for the Women and Girls game and that has been captured by, Sally Evans of Bishop Auckland in this newsletter.

Since the Womens’ Rugby World Cup, the season has taken off back home and we have seen 53 new women into the game through our Inner Warior events across the region.
We are moving with the game!

Take a look at the first edition and do not miss out on your say, email in if you have something to add for the next one!

County Girls and Ladies Newsletter Sept 2017.pdf

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As well as the first ever newsletter, we now have a Women and Girls dedicated map to help you navigate your way around the Durham County based teams and see what they can offer you!

Check it out here

Durham County U18s announce training squad following trials

Durham County U18s announce training squad following trials

 

Durham County U18 Girls held their trials on Sunday for all nominated players to showcase their talent.

Darlington Rugby Club welcomed a record number of girls for the U15 and U18 trials.

This year, Durham County Coaches held two coaching camps throughout the summer for any players to attend to get a taste for county level.

Following nominations from clubs and schools, players were invited to the first trial session to demonstrate their abilities in a round of five 15 minute games of rugby.

Congratulations to the following girls that will continue to battle for places as we approach games.

Well done to all that attended and got involved!

 

First Name

Surname

Club

Hope Armstrong Horden & Peterlee
Alysha Bell DMP
Chloe Broom Horden & Peterlee
Sophie Brunskill Bishop Auckland
Nina Buckton Horden & Peterlee
Georgia Burnyeat Ryton
Eden Button Bishop Auckland
Jess Clabby Ryton
Abbie Corrigan Horden & Peterlee
Maddison Craggs Horden & Peterlee
Olivia Davison Bishop Auckland
Sophie Derbyshire Hartlepool Rovers
Olivia Forester Houghton
Molly Gardener Horden & Peterlee
Megan Gardner DMP
Molly Hadfield Bishop Auckland
Erin High Sunderland
Maisey Lloyd Horden & Peterlee
Fiona MacFarlane Bishop Auckland
Evie Peacock Barnard Castle
Ellie Pigford Horden & Peterlee
Caitlin Render Horden & Peterlee
Dannah Ryan-Munden Horden & Peterlee
Mia Simpson DMP
Kate Smith Ryton
Lauren Swales Hartlepool Rovers
Sarah Thear Ryton
Anna Tuvotu DMP
Lucy Wharrier Horden & Peterlee
Megan Woodward Bishop Auckland

Durham County U15 Girls announce training squad ahead of campaign

Durham County U15 Girls announce training squad ahead of campaign

 

Durham County U15 Girls held their trials on Sunday for all nominated players to showcase their talent.

This year, Durham County Coaches held two coaching camps throughout the summer for any players to attend to get a taste for county level.

Following the success and interest from lots of girls across Durham County Clubs, players nominated by clubs and schools were invited to the first trial session at Darlington Rugby Club on Sunday.

Players were put through their paces in five games of 15 minutes rugby matches to test their talents in real scenarios.

This year saw the best turn out for girls rugby across both U15 and U18 with more than ever wanting to give County a try!

Congratulations to the following girls that will continue to battle for places as we approach games.

Well done to all that attended and got involved!

NAME

 

Melissa Saunders

CLUB

 

Barnard Castle

Millie Swinburn Barnard Castle
Teigan McKie Barnard Castle
Kate Graham Bishop Auckland
Catherine Wilson D.M.P
Abbie Beattie Hartlepool Rovers
Amy Kirby Hartlepool Rovers
Ellie Railton Hartlepool Rovers
Faith Spence Hartlepool Rovers
Grace Trimble Hartlepool Rovers
Libby Williams Hartlepool Rovers
Nicole Johnston Hartlepool Rovers
Abbie Turnbull Horden & Peterlee
Ellie Thirkell Horden & Peterlee
Emmy Holloway Horden & Peterlee
Jasmine Hendin Horden & Peterlee
Kiera Throw Horden & Peterlee
Mackenzie Dawson Horden & Peterlee
Tamzin Thompson Horden & Peterlee
Anna Scott Ryton
April Ishida Ryton
Grace Metcalf Ryton
Hannah Rollingson Ryton
Jess White Ryton
Katie Johnson Ryton
Lucy Capenhurst Ryton
Lucy Simpson Ryton
Maddy Graham Ryton
Megan Lawrence Ryton
Niamh Swailes Ryton
Olivia Lindsay Ryton
Codie Bates West Hartlepool

Durham County Girls U15 and U18 Trials

Durham County Girls U15 and U18 Trials

 

Durham County Girls Coaches will welcome nominated players from a host of different clubs to the first 2017/18 season trials on Sunday.

The trials will take place at Darlington RFC, Blackmeadows on Sunday, October, 1 from 1pm.

This will be the chance for potential players for Durham County 2017/18 season to showcase their talent to onlooking coaches.

On the day, players will be put through their paces in full game format and full contact so coaches can assess all areas of the game and players abilities.

 

Best of luck to all those that attend!

Durham County Men’s U18s call players forward ahead of first trial session

 Durham County Men’s U18s call players forward ahead of first trial session

Durham County U18s are preparing for their 2017/2018 season as they invite players from clubs and schools across the county to the first trial session.

This will take place at Darlington Mowden Park RFC on Monday, September, 25 with registration taking place in the stadium bar from 7.30pm and heading outside for 8pm.

Any players named below not able to attend through injury or avaliability please contact team manager, Phil Lax on: philjlax@hotmail.co.uk.

As well, can Ben Johnson, Ross Harll, Luke Feathersrone, Zak Ivey and Sam Kitching please send emails to Phil Lax.

Durham County Representative sides have strict deadline dates and requirements so do not fail to meet them as you will miss out on your spot!

Best of luck to all those attending!!

PLAYER CLUB SCHOOL
Freddie Lockwood Barnard Castle School
Max Pepper Barnard Castle School
Tom Edwards Barnard Castle School
Ben Johnson Barnard Castle School
Elliott Trott Emmanuel College
Lewis Wilson Billingham Hartlepool 6th form
Harry Beadling Billingham QE
Luke Featherstone Billingham
Alfie Lawson Billingham
Oscar Ready Billingham TTE tech training
Ethan Hall Bishop Auckland Barnard Castle
Dan Hope DMP QE
Andrew Bain DMP QE
Rob Finn DMP QE
Matthew Hanmer DMP Barnard Castle School
Ross Harll DMP
Jack Hudson DMP Barnard Castle School
Alasdair Cunnigham DMP QE
Will Lanagan DMP
Sam Anderson DMP
Kieran Hogg DMP Hartlepool 6th form
Matthew Price DMP Barnard Castle School
Matt Jackson Durham City St Bedes Lanchester
Adam Robinson Durham City
Dan Smith Durham City
Will Elliott Durham City Durham School
Niall Pace Durham City Durham School
Jared Deacon Durham City South Shields Marine
James Coxon Durham City Durham School
Leo Hislop Durham City Gateshead college
Kyle Elliott Durham City Durham School
Will Hodgson Durham City Durham School
Nick Blowey Durham City Durham School
Ross Craig Gateshead Joseph Swan Academy
Ben Wilson Gateshead NSB
Lewis Arthur Gateshead Newcastle 6th form
Shane Ivey Hartlepool
Zak Ivey Hartlepool
Sam Kitching Hartlepool
Ryan Graham Houghton
Daniel Lax. Ryton Gateshead College
Joe Thompson Ryton
Daniel Chambers Ryton Charles Thorp
David Thomas Ryton Gateshead College
Mark Tallentire South Shields
James Mcgurk South Shields
Ciaran Flaherty Stockton
Will Hulyer Stockton
Callum Steel Stockton
Caleb Seed Stockton
Conor Dodgson Stockton
Max Thompson. Stockton
Antun Wilson Yarm
Eddie Anderson Yarm
Jack Pearson Yarm QE
James Murphy Yarm Conyers 6th Form

 

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

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

Upcoming Events

  • November 29, 2017
    • Yr10/11 Schools County Cup (F)
      3:00 pm

      The Yr 10/11 Boys Schools County Cup final will take pllace at Blaydon RFC and DMP where the top place and bottom place from each event will play one another.

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