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  1. There won’t be a single sports club of any sport at any level In this county that doesn’t use this scheme!
  2. 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.”
  3. 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
  4. The entrance fee that is £5 more then what you would be paying to come to Kingston park incredible value for 4 games!!!!
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. He’s been playing in Australia for the last year
  9. Well an average of 15,000 tickets have been sold to north east post codes for the magic weekends in Newcastle! Strong numbers we have plans to smash that number in 2020
  10. The power of Newcastle!! Welcome home magic weekend From the Super League “The highest ever first week ticket sales for a Magic Weekend at St James' Park Exclusive launch discount, a weekend ticket for the price of a day http://bit.ly/DMWFBE”
  11. Check out the trailer for a brand new fly on the wall documentary featuring Newcastle Thunder two episodes per week will be getting aired on the OurLeague App https://www.rugby-league.com/article/55984/our-league-to-show-exclusive-newcastle-thunder-documentary
  12. Check out the highlights from our celebrating the growth of Rugby League event at the Eagles Community Arena in Friday night. On the night we showcased our plans for the growth of the sport across the region as well as outlined the clubs plans to win the BetFred Super League title by 2030!. We also launched our brand new Wheelchair Rugby League side & unveiled the kit for our latest community club the Newcastle Magpies RLFC. #NorthEastRL #BoldlyGrow ️️️ IMG_2052.mp4
  13. We have plans to run development days in the Scottish boarders in 2020, we very much see this is as part of our area and that with a little investment it could go a long way to improving it.
  14. For our SPARC festivals and development programme days we have split players up a number of different ways do give everyone the best possible challenges, for example we have split it up using hight, weight, speed, positions. from our point of view there is no competition with union and we actively promote playing both codes of rugby. Kids are now starting to play rugby league from 6 year old and it’s getting bigger year on year. our academy is in a very strong place and that’s reflected in the England academy call ups. And from last years academy 5 have been handed first team contracts for 2020 happy to answer any questions, keen them coming
  15. A few more photos from the event with the launch of of our Wheelchair side who’s home will be the brand new 3,000 seater Newcastle Eagles community arena and plans announced to launch a woman’s side by 2021
  16. Some live in the past, some look to the future we wake up every day feeling positive about the game and how it’s growing. when ever we get to the top it will be built upon solid foundations and a thriving community game.
  17. Do us a favour and keep this thread a positive one. you can post your negative stuff on another thread
  18. Super League champions by 2030 is the headline target set by Newcastle Thunder on Friday afternoon, as the club unveiled an ambitious roadmap for the continued growth of the sport within the North East. Taking place two years out from the opening weekend of the 2021 Rugby League World Cup, which will kick off with a spectacular opening ceremony, England’s opening game of the tournament and a further match at Kingston Park Stadium, Hosted at Newcastle Eagles impressive Community Arena, club chairman Mick Hogan addressed an audience of over 100 members of the region’s business, political and rugby league community to outline the strategy that will guide all efforts over the next decade. With the Dacia Magic Weekend returning to the city for two years from May 2020, and a total of five games in the men’s Rugby League World Cup taking place in the North East in 2021, the hosting of major events will form a talismanic cornerstone for the strategy. Bringing world-class action with the biggest names and prizes in the game on show, Newcastle’s hosting of games of this magnitude will allow rugby league to engage with an audience renowned for its appreciation of sport and create a whole new generation of fans. With rising gates at Kingston Park Stadium for Thunder home games, increased participation levels at grassroots clubs across the region and the Newcastle Rugby Foundation being named Championship and League 1 Foundation of the Year for a second time in three years, the continued development in these key areas will build on those high profile events. Announced at the event was an increased investment and commitment to develop the community game, the Thunder Community Project will shortly see a brand new member of staff join the team and work in developing the game in Teesside and the south of the region, home to one of the great success stories of recent years, Yarm Wolves. As well as this work, details of plans to establish women’s and wheelchair teams were also unveiled, with a showcase match of the latter taking place as part of the event. Bringing these two strands together is Newcastle Thunder itself, with the focus on establishing the team as a vibrant club that provides an outlet for the North East’s rugby league family to come together. After a hugely successful 2019 which saw the team make the end of season play-off final and finish the year with the most points scored across the campaign, the focus remains on gradual evolution and making positive steps in a sustainable and responsible way. With Simon Finnigan confirmed as head coach for 2020 key signings and retentions for the upcoming season will see the solid foundations of the last year built upon and maintain the upward trajectory that will enable Thunder to be crowned Super League champions by 2030. Following the event, Hogan said: “It is an exciting time for rugby league in the North East and with growing participation numbers, a new club in Newcastle Magpies and our wheelchair rugby league team. “With the sport continuing to grow in the region, we have developed taken the opportunity to give the Thunder and the legacy work around the 2021 World Cup a clear purpose and we will be providing more details on that in the near future.“ IMG_2005.mp4
  19. We are hoping to run everything from U7’s up to U13’s a massive turnout in a area which hasn’t had rugby league before! Such a positive feeling our community coaches are working hard on the local areas and we are about to support them with the addition of another full time member of staff. There is now 14 clubs in our region with over 1,300 players Up The Mags!!
  20. Newcastle Thunder look to invest even more into our region with the addition of another full time development officer https://www.thunderrugby.co.uk/general/vacancy-community-development-officer/
  21. Check out our video from the launch of the Newcastle Magpies new pitch The Magpies become our 14th community club as we look to continue the growth of the game across the region #HowayTheMags IMG_1838.mp4
  22. Don’t worry about us! We have long term ambitions that haven’t altered because we have missed out on promotion, that’s sport. We continue with our plans on building a fully sustainable club with a thriving community game. Congratulations to oldham
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