Charles Stanley as Durham County RFU Sponsor

Durham County are proud to say that Charles Stanley are a leading sponsor of Durham County Representative Rugby teams.


https://www.charles-stanley.co.uk/Wealth-Management

Charles Stanley and Durham County RFU are a great match as both have long and stable track records, having been around since 1792 and 1876 respectively, demonstrating strength and resilience.

Today, Charles Stanley is one of the leading investment management companies in the UK, dedicated to serving the private investor.  The company is proud to be supporting all of the teams representing Durham County and helping them to be the best in their respective age groups.  Like these dedicated players we aim to be the best, focusing on performance and putting our clients and supporters at the heart of everything we do.  

David Hill, Durham County Player Pathway Manager said

“We are delighted to have Charles Stanley on board to support our male and female representative teams and pathway. We have already benefited from some fantastic new playing kit for all age groups. We look forward to growing the partnership over the coming seasons and continuing to develop our sport in Durham County.” 

Durham County RFU President is fielding two Presidents XV sides for upcoming games

Durham County RFU President David Sawyer is fielding two presidents XV sides over the next couple of weeks, with games against The Teeside Barbarians and Hartlepool RFC.

Sunday 5th May
Saturday 27th April

The first game will be played at Darlington Mowden Park Arena on 27th April against The Teeside Barbarians. The game is a curtain raiser before DMP’s last home game of the season.

The Barbarians team is being assembled by Carl hall, player with Stockton RFU and well know Durham County Referee. The team will comprise members of all clubs within kicking distance of the River Tees.

David Sawyers President’s XV will be made up of players from all the Northern clubs in the county. With David asking each club to nominate two players each.

The second game will be played on 5th May at Hartlepool’s Mayfield Park against Hartlepool RFC.

Players for this Presidents XV will comprise two players from each club South of the county.

All funds raised from the games will be donated to the Doddie Weir Foundation.

Durham County announce Aprils Challenge Cup ticket winners as Keelmans Way School Hebburn

Keelmans Way School Hebburn have been named Durham County’s Aprils  ‘Story of the Month’ through the Newcastle 2019 European Club Rugby Finals initiative

This nomination has been brought to us by Rob Coulson who coaches the children at Keelmans Way School in Hebburn. Rob runs a Rugby Training Programme every week and is now referred to as “Rugby Rob” for the children involved.

The pupils at Keelmans Way School have varying disabilities, from learning difficulties to physically disabilities. Rob describes the children as ‘very special’ and ‘inspiring’.

‘Rugby Rob’

Rugby seems to be a sport full of enjoyment for the pupils at the school, with their faces ‘lighting up’ when they get a hold of a rugby ball. The confidence and motivation that the pupils have gained through the Rugby Training Programme has been very worth while for Rob as the coach and Elaine Clarke as teacher at Keelmans Way.

Rugby has helped the pupils learn and develop key skills such as; working in a team, being creative and exploring what they can achieve.

Rob describes running these sessions with ‘sheer happiness’.

Well done to both Rob and Elaine, displaying our rugby core values and helping others find enjoyment through the sport!

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 dcrfu@therfu.com by the end of each month.

By Erin Knotts

Tickets now on sale for the Newcastle Falcons European Finals Long Lunch

Newcastle Falcons are hosting a Long Lunch in connection with the European Cup Finals on Thursday 9th May

The Bill McLaren Foundation and Falcons Community Foundation present European Finals Long Lunch hosted at Kingston Park.


For further information or to book your tickets please contact:


John Thorburn – 07929655132 / john@billmclarenfoundation.co.uk
John Oates – 07808572986 / john.oates@newcastle-falcons.co.uk

Durham County announce March Challenge Cup ticket winners as Gateshead RFC

Gateshead RFU have been named Durham County’s March ‘Story of the Month’ through the Newcastle 2019 European Club Rugby Finals initiative

Gateshead RFC have dedicated this nomination to Ralphy Fawcett (Age 80) who they describe as

”A legend at his club for being the most welcoming and helpful man you ever want to meet”

“He has helped so many players over the years with encouragement, assistance and coaching that he is affectionally known in the club as ‘Fatha”

Boxing Day Match at Gateshead RFC

Mr Fawcett starting playing Prop at Gateshead RFC or Gateshead Fell as it was then, at the age of 11 and played his last game at 60.

At 63, he had an operation and we are told his first question post surgery was ‘when can I start playing rugby again?’ At Durham County RFU we love to see Rugby is such a big part of peoples lives, both old and young.

Mr Fawcett is still the groundsman at Gateshead RFC, marking 2 pitches every week, placing the flags and running the 2 baths to the perfect temperatures. He even puts bubble bath in the home bath but not the away one!

He has recently described one of his proudest moments as playing a Boxing Day game with his 3 sons, James, Keith and Iain. With his daughter Anne and wife Isobel watching from the side lines.

Durham County RFU would like to acknowledge this commitment to Rugby and the Core Values that are reflected through out this story!

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 dcrfu@therfu.com by the end of each month.

By Erin Knotts

Durham County RFU U20’s to take on Oxfordshire RFU U20’s in Jason Leonard Under 20’s County Championship

Durham County U20’s host Oxfordshire at home for the 3rd Game of 2018/2019 season at Gateshead RFC Sunday 31st March

The game finished with a win for Durham County, score Durham 52 : Oxfordshire 5.

A Total points of 52 came from the following players – Murray, King, Lawson, Hodgeson, Walton, Holmes (Tries) and Ridley (Conversion and penalty). 

To see more information and the full squad list, please click here

Male Player Pathway Consultation boys age groups U14 to U18

Your County Needs You!

We would like to invite all club and school coaches, parents and club officials with an interest in shaping the Male Player Pathway Consultation that is currently being held in relation to boys playing in age groups u14 to u18.

We want you to come along and have your say as part of the current consultation with the RFU. 

Pete Taylor from the RFU will be presenting and facilitating feedback and discussion. 

The agenda for the night is as follows;

  • Clarification of the consultation process 
  • Key aspects of consultation
  • Any key views from the floor based on three key questions
  • Next Steps

This is a great opportunity to come along and help shape the future of our game in our county. 

Venue: West Hartlepool Rugby Club
When: Monday 1st April
Time: 6:30pm meet and greet for a 7pm start. 

If you have any questions please let me know. 

Regards,
David Hill
Durham Player Pathway Manager
07522 758395
georgedavidhill@yahoo.co.uk