Northumberland Schools Newsletter

Thursday 03 December 2015

 Northumberland Schools December 2015 Newsletter

Age Grade Review and the Structure of Season 2016-17

This should be available for circulation in early December and I will circulate another Newsletter with the changes and the meetings that will be needed to evolve the Northumberland Schools', Clubs and Representative system from September 2016.
Player Pathway
This has evolved from Schools of Rugby in  recent years and is led by Drew Robertson in conjunction with the Falcons and Northumbria University Sport Central
It is an exceptional programme for aspirational talented rugby players to enable them to fulfil their potential, with player centred training initially based in the 4 Areas of Northumberland, evolving to 2 Districts - West and East - at U15 and then to a County team at U16.  From the Pathway the Falcons select players for their Academy programme at U16 and into selection for England 16 group.
The Pathway starts for Year 8 boys in February 2016 and nominations should be received by Friday 4th. December to the County Administrator   Druid Park, Woolsington, Newcastle NE13 8DF
Please give the players name and parent/guardian postal address


Newcastle Falcons

Friday 26th. February U20 International 6.05pm England v Ireland

During this day there will be CPD for teachers led by the RFU and Falcons e.g. Player Pathway and Scrum Factory; please put the date in your school and personal diary

There will also be a Year 9 boys Festival at 3 levels - Elite, Established and Emerging and a Year 8 girls Festival - invitations will be circulated to Durham, Cumbria and Northumberland schools this term.


Falcons and Northumberland Schools XV-a-side Finals

Presidents Cup Wednesday 13th. January 7pm RGS v Gosforth

All other Finals will be on:

Tuesday 1st. march 4-7pm; Wednesday 2nd. March 4-7pm and Thursday 3rd. March 4-6pm 

Northumberland Schools wish to thank the Falcons for hosting these competition finals.


ERFSU Activity Census

Only 5 Northumberland Schools have completed the census at present and the ERFSU have asked me to request schools return the Activity Survey asap

If you haven't done so already, please complete the census by clicking on the relevant link

Primary and Middle Schools:

Secondary Schools:

Any queries to


Tours and Cross-Border Fixtures

Chris Davy is responsible for approving tours and cross border fixtures.  Chris can be contacted for clarification - - the forms can be found at -

PLEASE note permission is required to receive tours.

This is RFU Regulation 10 and MUST be fulfilled by schools to ensure the RFU traumatic insurance conditions are completed.


Value the Volunteer - Who is Your Real Rugby Hero

Do you know someone who has given their time to schools' rugby over several years?  If you do please nominate them for this prestigious award.  Winners will receive their Award at Schools' Day on 16th. March at Twickenham and tickets to attend an England international match.  Details and to make a nomination please visit


Concussion Resources Launched

We have a very important role in preventing, identifying and managing concussion.  The resource below will give you the knowledge and understanding to help reduce the number of concussions, and how to identify and manage it effectively when it occurs 


Chris Davy

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