Hartlepool Rovers and Horden U14s have been named Durham County’s January ‘Story of the Month’ through the Newcastle 2019 European Club Rugby Finals initiative.
Hartlepool Rovers and Horden U14’s were nominated as a team that displayed the core values rugby should represent, doing themselves and Durham County proud.
The sportsmanship, attitude and teamwork that the young rugby players have demonstrated has won them, 20 free tickets to the European Challenge Cup Final at St James’ Park in May this year.
At the end of last season, both Hartlepool Rovers and Horden under 13’s where two struggling sides. A lack of numbers meant both teams where at risk of folding.
However, some joined up thinking from both coaches has turned things around and now both teams are flourishing… as one.
Coaches from both clubs worked together for the good of the players, putting any rivalries aside. They made an agreement to combine for the 2018/2019 season. Moving to U14’s they now play 15 a side (a number neither team would have been able to meet alone).
Both teams now enjoy regular joint training sessions and with some clever work buy fixtures secretaries they have a full list of fixtures. One week the team will play as Horden, and the next as Hartlepool Rovers.
None of the players mind what shirt they wear, and neither coach has let personal club pride come in the way of a player centred approach to rugby.
The players have shown all the core values of rugby. They have especially showed teamwork with the two teams now working together as one. Numbers have improved for both clubs, which has strengthened the team.
The players have built a really good relationship and enjoyed a joint Christmas party, they also look forward to an end of season tour.
They are now enjoying regular competitive fixtures and training weekly, the boys are stating to flourish and improve week on week.
This is a perfect example of two local clubs working together for the good of the players. Without this, there is no doubt that most of these players would have been lost from the game.
The Challenge Cup will kick start the Newcastle 2019 European Club Rugby Finals on Friday May, 10 at 7.45pm at St James’ Park, for more information go to: http://www.newcastle2019.com/
If you would like to be considered for our next Story of the Month prize through Newcastle 2019, download the nomination form and send it into email@example.com by the end of each month.