Since the split from Newcastle Falcons in 1996, Gosforth Rugby Club were nomadic and unable to invest in any projects. Since the move to a permanent ground as part of the BiG project (Back in Gosforth) and securing a long term lease at the Broadway West ground, the club has been able to proceed with projects that have been on the back burner. As part of newly formed Gosforth Sports Association – the rugby club has partnered with Newcastle City Cricket Club, Tyne Tees Tigers Aussie Rules football and Newcastle Nighthawks baseball in a very exciting multi sport venture.
The Broadway West playing fields have unfortunately suffered from a lack of maintenance which resulted in games and training being cancelled. Working closely with Alex Bowden – the Area Development Officer from the RFU and Sport England, Gosforth RFC have secured funds to upgrade one of the two pitches with new drainage and to install training lights. The new facilities will not only allow training to be on-site for both senior and junior teams but allow the club to expand their playing numbers by providing two playable pitches. Additionally, the upgrade will allow the Aussie rules club to expand. The upgrade of the grounds will take place over the summer in readiness for the 2019/20 season.
The activity on the field has suffered over the last couple of seasons due to a lack of facilities, but the development internally in the old clubhouse and the new summer upgrades to the pitch has given the club a new boost. The club has made changes to its structure and has now employed the services of a new coaching team. Ian Moralee – a level 3 coach with loads of local club experience has joined Gosforth this summer. Ian has great links with the local rugby scene, providing coaching to local schools and Newcastle University. The latest good news is that current Newcastle Falcon, Callum Chick, is also joining Ian as part of their coaching team. Callum has decided to stay with the Falcons to help the campaign to get them promoted back to the premiership. He is working with Gosforth to get his Level 3 coaching qualification. Gosforth have also appointed Tom Jones as 1st team captain. Tom is a senior lecturer in Sport Science at Northumbria University and has great links with the student rugby scene. Finally, they are pleased to announce newly qualified Si Gaffney is joining as Club Physio. The club recognizes that conditioning and injury rehabilitation is as important as coaching and will provide the free service to the players throughout the season.
Club Chairman, Neil Jamieson, said “We have worked really hard over the last couple of years to turn the club around. We have great volunteers who have put in loads of their spare time to improve the facilities both inside and out. The awards from Sport England and the RFU and the changes we have made to the coaching team have made Gosforth an attractive club for both local players and people moving to the area. We have great plans for the future, and it doesn’t stop there. GSA is all about providing active sport and the rugby is only part of our plans. Its going to be an exciting couple of years.”
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