Newcastle Rugby Foundation set to launch its new youth programme

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A new programme is looking to get more children in the North East into rugby.

A partnership led by the Newcastle Rugby Foundation is set to be launched this month in an effort to get more North East children into rugby.

Named 'Schools Connections', the new youth programme will see children in the region given the opportunity to become pitch-side mascots for Newcastle Falcons games at Kingston Park.

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Participating schools will also receive opportunities such as tag rugby coaching sessions, taster days and school visits from rugby players.

The Falcons Community will also host tag rugby tournaments for schools, overseen and organised by professional coaches and players.

From left: Kallie Smith of AK Teaching, Mark Tampin, Prop, Sam Stuart, scrum half and Josh Dixon, of AK Teaching. Photo: Other 3rd Party.From left: Kallie Smith of AK Teaching, Mark Tampin, Prop, Sam Stuart, scrum half and Josh Dixon, of AK Teaching. Photo: Other 3rd Party.
From left: Kallie Smith of AK Teaching, Mark Tampin, Prop, Sam Stuart, scrum half and Josh Dixon, of AK Teaching. Photo: Other 3rd Party. | Other 3rd Party

Schools Connections will be delivered in partnership with AK Teaching and aims to build on the work which is already carried out by the Newcastle Rugby Foundation.

Melanie Magee, head of Newcastle Rugby Foundation, said: “We are delighted to welcome AK Teaching on board as supporters of our Schools Connections programme. 

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“Newcastle Rugby Foundation strive to make rugby the positive difference that changes lives for good, and the backing of such a community-minded company to enable more activity in our region is invaluable. 

“We look forward to watching young people in our region flourish as a result.”

Kallie Smith, assistant branch manager at AK Teaching, has expressed her excitement at being able to deliver the initiative alongside the Newcastle Rugby Foundation.

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She added: “Providing opportunities for young people to get into sport is something we’re incredibly passionate about at AK Teaching, so we are absolutely thrilled to be partnering with Newcastle Rugby Foundation to deliver the Schools Connections programme.

“Participation in team sports is key to not only keeping them mentally and physically healthy, but also giving them valuable life skills and keeping children off the streets, which is why programmes like this, which break down the barriers for children to get into sport, are so important.

“It really will provide the children involved with memories to last a lifetime, so we’d encourage any schools interested in getting their pupils involved to get in touch and book their flag bearing days before it’s too late.”

The Schools Connections programme is set to run throughout 2024, however, schools are warned that places are limited.

Any school interested in getting involved with the initiative should contact [email protected] for further information.

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