Category: Women & Girls

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

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!!


CBRE All Schools Coach advert 2017-18 (Ryton)


CBRE All Schools Coach advert 2017-18 (Darlington)

Durham Women head to North 7s Finals

Durham Women head to Northern 7s Finals

Durham County Women are through to the Northern 7s finals after securing runners up position at the RFU 24/7s Qualifiers.

On the last weekend in June, Billingham RFC welcomed a host of different clubs to compete in the RFU 24/7s qualifiers on their new artificial grass pitch.

In the men’s’ elite league, teams came from Consett, Billingham, Darlington Mowden Park and more with social men’s’ team also entering.

For the Ladies competition, Bishop Auckland reigned champions on the day beating Durham Ladies Baa Baas in the final and will also head to West Park Leeds RFC for the Northern finals.

24/7s Qualifiers: Ladies competiton winners, Bishop Auckland Ladies


The Durham Baa Baas side was made up of three players from Billingham RFC, one from Darlington Mowden Park and five from Sunderland Flames.

Heading to the finals in the burgundy jersey are: Clarissa Murphy (Sunderland Flames) Karen Donkin (Sunderland Flames), Rachel Frost (Sunderland Flames), Steph Maddison (Sunderland Flames), Emma Langton (Sunderland Flames), Kate Byrnes (Billingham Ladies) Courtney Hussain (Billingham Ladies) and Caitie Smith (Darlington Mowden Park).

24/7s Qualifiers: Durham Ladies Baa Baas Runners up


During the qualifiers, Durham Baa Baas came up against Acklam Ladies, newly formed Hartlepool Rovers and winners Bishop Auckland.

In the men’s’ elite qualifier, Billingham’s finest will make the journey south after beating Darlington Mowden Park in the final.

24/7s Qualifiers: Billingham RFC, winners of elite competition


The competition at West Park Leeds RFC is the second stage and offers teams a chance to compete against the other best seven’s sides in the North.

On the day, the winners and runners up in both the men’s’ and women’s’ competitions will progress to the National 24/7s final at The Rec in Bath on Saturday, July 24.

Registration starts at 10am with games follwoing at 11am on Saturday, July 15 at West Park Leeds RFC.

Durham County RFU wishes the best of luck to all Durham Clubs making the journey.

By Clarissa Murphy

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!




Sunderland RFC Ladies team up with Nando’s Sunderland to tackle cost of defibrillator


 Sunderland Ladies spark a flame with new sponsors Nando’s Sunderland to tackle the cost of a club defibrillator.

This Fathers Day, Sunderland Flames will be setting up in Sunderland Nando’s for a coffee morning fundraising event to fund a club defibrillator.


Pictured: Sunderland RFC Ladies team 2017


Sunderland Flames announced their new partnership with Nando’s Sunderland earlier this year, confirming they would be sponsored by them in the 2017/18 season.

The competition to win a year’s sponsorship was launched to sports team in the area in February 2017.

Beth Geehan, Sunderland Flames Social Secretary applied for the Sponsorship and was over the moon to tell the team they had been picked for top prize.

Geehan said: “It is fabulous to get such a well known and recognised sponsor, not only for our profile as a team but also the support they can offer us.

“We are looking forward to Sunday being the first of many projects we will work on together!”

By hosting a coffee morning at the Sunderland store, Nando’s and Sunderland Flames are hoping to raise a percentage of the £900 and upwards amount needed for a club defibrillator.

Although, of course, it is always hoped that the defibrillator will not be needed – it is still the case of saving a person’s life if there is one to hand.

Geehan, added: “Raising money for a defibrillator will not only ensure we are fully equipped to help save the lives of the others but potentially save the lives of people close to our heart.

“On a personal level having someone in my family with a heart condition is a constant worry and knowing that this piece of equipment is around – makes us feel safer.

“Over the last few years we have lost playing members of our rugby family, we hope we never have to use it but having it means we can provide a quick response and the care needed.”

To help raise the funds, it will be a fun filled morning with tombola, cake sale, children’s face painting and a special appearance from the Nando’s feathered mascot, Barci the Cockerel!


Get down to Nando’s Sunderland to enjoy the fun, 118 High Street West, SR1 1TX from 9am – 11am on Sunday June, 18!


By Clarissa Murphy


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:

Womens Summer Touch kick started by Acklam Rugby Club

Womens Summer Touch kick started by Acklam Rugby Club


Acklam Rugby Club opened their doors for the first Durham County Women’s Touch Festival of the Summer.

Pictured: Bishop Auckland, Darlington and Sunderland Flames


Now the season is over, the multiple layers and waterproofs are away – well for now, it can only mean one thing…. Touch Rugby time.

Across the next few months,  Durham County Women and Girls committee have organised a series of Touch events for Women and Girls across the County to attend.

On Thursday, Acklam Rugby club kick started the Women’s events welcoming; Billingham Ladies, Bishop Auckland Ladies, Darlington Ladies, newly formed Hartlepool Rovers, Sunderland Flames and Whitby Ladies!

Touch seemingly brings out the Inner Warrior in many of the Women with each team committing their all to trying to score points and challenge one another.

Due to the popular interest in the event, the event was cut short before all teams had played one another due to time but there is still time to score points again one another in coming weeks.

Pictured: Acklam Rugby Club


The next Girls Touch festival is on Saturday, June 17 at West Hartlepool RFC while the Women next visit Whitby RFC on Thursday, June 22!

See more pictures


By Clarissa Murphy

Upcoming Events

  • August 26, 2017
    • County Cup Weekend R1
      2:00 pm

      The first rounds of the Durham County Cups in the Junior, Intermediate and Senior Cup will take place this weekend between clubs across the County.

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