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Newcastle Thunder last won the day on January 3 2019

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  1. The North East is the perfect demographic for RL to continue to grow we have further plans for new community clubs in areas like Sunderland and Middlesbrough but we also want to grow the current 15 clubs to make sure everyone has strong junior set ups There’s now over 80 schools across the region who get rugby league coaching and that will continue to rise all in all we have just over 1,300 player registered and playing at community clubs and our aim is to grow that by 5% a year
  2. Our area stretches from Alnwick in the North down to Catterick in the South, within this area we have 15 community clubs that run 54 teams and feed into our development programmes We would now class the North East as part of the heartlands
  3. The teeside area is fully within the NERL which we develop and run, we have a full time development officer in the teeside area
  4. ️On this day in 1938. Newcastle played their last game in the northern rugby league, an away 11 - 21 defeat to Wakefield Then, Newcastle’s application for re election was turned down at the league AGM.
  5. This is the picture in the North East now, and this is supported with 4 full time development officers that go into 100’s of schools and support all of the clubs split into 3 areas, North Tyne, South Tyne, TeesValley & South Everything is spearheaded by the club and players flow into our development and SPARC programmes which then lead onto our full pathway of U16 Scholarship, U18 Academy with full college programme, Reserve team with full university programme then first team North Tyne Alnwick Bears, Cramlington Rockets, Whitley Bay Barbarians, Wallsend Centurions, Wallsend Eagles, Newcastle Magpies, Hexham Hawks South Tyne Gateshead Storm, Jarrow Viking’s, Durham Demons, Peterlee Pumas, Durham Tigers TeesValley & South Yarm Wolves, Hartlepool Hurricanes, West View Warriors, Catterick Crusaders
  6. We already are we have supported the created of 2 brand new community clubs in that area Yarm Wolves - now will age groups U8,U10,U12,U14,U16,U18 - over 120 players Hartlepool Hurricanes - U12,U14 and Open Age - with over 80 players We have big plans for this part of our area and have already employed a brand new full time community development officer for the TeesValley area.
  7. There won’t be a single sports club of any sport at any level In this county that doesn’t use this scheme!
  8. https://thunderrugby.co.uk/general/trio-of-teams-give-thunder-matchday-milestone/ With ambitions to win Betfred Super League by 2030, Sunday’s Betfred League 1 match-day against Workington Town marks a significant milestone in the development of Newcastle Thunder. For the first time in the club’s history three separate teams, U18s, Reserves and First Team will play fixtures at Kingston Park Stadium on the same day. In a huge boost to the game in the north east almost 70% of the players on show will be either local or academy produced. It is another impressive demonstration of the ambitions held by Thunder, who after being granted admission into the new-look Reserve grade competition now boast a complete player development pathway. Starting with monthly, open-access player development programmes for U12s and U14s, the club operates academy teams at U16 & U18 levels. Players can then progress into Reserves and First Team, giving players from the North East and beyond an outlet to fulfil their ambitions. With continued growth of the grassroots game in the region, where participation numbers have risen by 40% in the last five years and 16 community clubs now have over 1,400 players enjoying the game, the North East has solid foundations for sustainable, long term growth. Newcastle Thunder chairman Mick Hogan said: “There are some exciting times ahead for rugby league in our region and the teams named for Sunday show how it is growing. “Across three teams of 51 players, 35 of them are either from the local area or have come through Thunder’s academy and that is incredibly important for where we want to go as a club and take the sport to. “With new junior clubs forming in North Tyneside, the west end of Newcastle and the Tyne Valley, that next generation of players have something to aspire to in their home region. “Whilst we’re rightly proud of the club’s development, it is just the start of our next steps. With four full time members of staff in our community team and big events coming to the region in the next 18 months, we are well placed to ensure this growth and development of local talent continues.”
  9. Testament to the hard work and recourse we have put into the Academy and the community game over the last 5 years!! Goes to show you get what you put in! Keep your eyes on the North East again this year with more new community clubs launching and Newcastle competing at U16 Scholarship, U18 Academy, Reserve Grade and First Team
  10. The entrance fee that is £5 more then what you would be paying to come to Kingston park incredible value for 4 games!!!!
  11. What do you mean? The game is included in your season ticket, we are taking the hit and buying all season ticket holders a Saturday magic ticket
  12. Newcastle Thunder’s innovative SPARC player development principles broke new ground in the run up to Christmas 2019, as the club’s U16s academy united with counterparts from three Super League clubs for the first ever Invitational Development Day. Kingston Park Stadium welcomed players and staff from the academy programmes of Huddersfield Giants, Hull KR and Wakefield Trinity for games and a series of workshops at an event that aimed to serve as a demonstration of how academies could work together and provide additional development opportunities for players and staff. Alongside the traditional adapted games, where points are awarded for a range of attributes being displayed by players on the field, the development day saw conditioning, contact and handling workshops take place to further enhance the experience for the youngsters in attendance. Well received by those taking part, Academy manager Michael Heap spoke of his satisfaction at the day itself and of his hopes it would serve to supplement some of the great work that is already being done across all levels of the game. Heap said: “It was a really worthwhile day and something that we are definitely looking to continue doing in the future. “The initial feedback from staff, players and parents was very positive. We will now undergo a full review process in which we will seek the opinions of all those involved to gauge how successful different aspects were and how we can further improve in future. “We are really grateful to those that got involved with the day and Newcastle Thunder are looking forward to working with all concerned in future to continue to innovate and provide more opportunities for the development of future players for all levels of the game.” Newcastle Thunder General Manager Jordan Robinson said “ We rolled the SPARC Development days out into our community game in 2019 with massive success and to see all of the academies embrace the concept today was fantastic. From a north east point of view we now have over 1,400 players playing the sport across 15 community clubs and in 2020 every kid playing the sport will get the chance to take part in our development programme and experience the SPARC festivals” Check out the video above to see the action from the day and hear from those present on their thoughts of the event. IMG_3209.mp4
  13. https://thunderrugby.co.uk/general/thunder-host-invitational-development-day/ Thunder to host Invitational Development Day Newcastle Thunder Academy will be hosting its first Invitational Development Day this week with players and staff from the academies of Hull Kingston Rovers, Huddersfield Giants and Wakefield Trinity travelling to Kingston Park to take part. The purpose of the Invitational Development Day is to provide an alternative development opportunity to academy players in the Under 15 and Under 16 age group – giving them the opportunity to train alongside their counterparts from other clubs across a variety of different areas. As well as this it will provide valuable networking and development time for the staff, many of which are volunteers, of the different clubs. The day will see players partake in; Strength and Conditioning sessions, core skill development and contact sessions delivered by staff from across the four attending academies. This will be accompanied by a workshop delivered by The RFL’s Performance staff educating the players on the player pathway and how the journey to elite isn’t straight forward. The day will culminate in the player putting their skills to the test in short festival like training sessions using Newcastle Thunders’ innovative SPARC rules. Thunder have been using their SPARC rules throughout 2019 in the North East Rugby League community game as part of the Under 12 and Under 14 Player Development Programmes, but this will be the first time it will be used at Under 16 age group with players from a selected environment. Under the SPARC rules players are able to contribute to their team’s points tally through the conventional scoring systems of rugby league as well as demonstrating particular examples of Skilful play, Physical capability, Awareness of the game, Resilience and Character such as leadership and support. Thunder’s Academy Manager, Michael Heap, is excited about this innovative approach to player development and really pleased at the support that has been shown for this from other clubs. Speaking about the Invitational Development Day, Michael said “We first discussed this idea at a recent Academies meeting in which myself and another academy presented on some of the work we have been doing with our community game to further enhance player development. The SPARC concept generated a lot of interest from the other Academy Leads so we decided to launch this day. The intention is to provide another opportunity for players to be exposed to good coaching before being challenged in a way they will not be used to. We believe that this approach can be utilised within the Player Pathway alongside the existing Scholarship games to help create a better standard of player for the elite levels of our sport.” Wakefield’s Head of Youth Mark Applegarth said “We are looking forward to this invitational day and I feel it will benefit all players from all clubs and challenge them in ways they probably haven’t experienced before socially, technically and educationally. Hopefully we will see more of these events being rolled out throughout next year”. Andy Kelly, Head of Youth at Huddersfield Giants, commented “The Huddersfield Giants Academy 16’s is happy and excited to be involved in the day and its concepts. This is a very innovative project and thanks must go to the Newcastle Thunder academy and staff for staging the day. We look forward to its challenges and a successful day.” John Bastian, Head of Youth at Hull Kingston Rovers, noted “Firstly, credit must go to Newcastle Thunder’s Academy staff for putting this development day on and bringing together 4 different academies for a day filled with enjoyment and learning for players and staff. The players of Hull Kingston Rovers and really looking forward to getting up to Newcastle. I believe the focuses of the day are going to enhance the long term development of the players, not only from a skill development aspect but the small sided games.” If you would like to know more about Thunder’s Invitational Development Day then please contact Michael.heap@newcastle-thunder.co.uk. Keep following Thunder’s website and social media channels for updates on the day and a highlights package after the event.
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