West Area Under 14's


Lead Coach - Ash Smith.  Tel. 07547 257139

Information on this page is specific to the West Area ONLY.

Please note this page will be updated from time to time with messages for players and parents. Letters are not being sent to players - all information you need will be here.

Alternative contact (if unable to get in touch with Ash) is Claire at the County Office as she will be able to help with any queries (0191 2864399 / claire.sharpe@northumberlandrfu.co.uk )


03.05.18 (copy of FB post)


Afternoon All

The meeting point for tomorrow for the DPP Festival has just been changed as there is an event on in the West Stand.


I will be at the entrance of the East Stand with the registers – players need to sign in and will then be directed onto the pitch via the player tunnel.
Changing rooms are available if anyone needs to use them but players should come changed.
Parents should head upstairs and can mingle in the East Stand.

The Presentations for each group will now be in the 1877 room (just off the Tap and Tackle bar). With regard to the presentation, please only be in the 1877 room for the group that your son / guardian is in – otherwise we wont be able to fit everyone in!

Under 13’s, we must start at 6pm – on the pitch ready to go, so please make sure you arrive a little bit early. Under 14’s again, prompt 7.30pm start on the pitches otherwise we wont get through everything in the time we have.

Sorry for the late change of meeting point – we have literally just been told!




27.04.18 (copy of FB post) 

Info for next week ……we have made it to the end of the season !!!!!!!!!!!!!

DPP End of Block Festival, next Friday – 4th May, at Kingston Park.

The Under 13’s will be in from 6pm to 7.30pm and the Under 14’s from 7.30pm to 9pm.

We will be using the main pitch and the North pitch (as it also has lights if we need them for the second session).

We will be based in the WEST Stand concourse (as last time) which is the meeting point and where you will find the registers.

The Festival will be non contact but players should still bring their mouthguards as knocks do happen.    

Players also need to bring their own snacks and refreshments.   The Tap and Tackle in the East Stand will be open if anyone forgets water bottles etc or parents want a coffee.

When we met yesterday Lawrence and I were working out logistics based on numbers (responses received to the FB posts) and as we are not going to be missing too many, the current plan is to have the two pitches split into two so four groups on the go on the pitches at any one time and then one group inside with Lawrence who will be doing a brief presentation / Q&A / what happens next type thing, as with the 14’s I am already being asked about October!!   The presentation will be for parents and players so please do stay as we are keen that you all have the information you need and have answers to any questions you may have, as after the Festival we won’t see you again until the new season.    I will be around for both sessions so if you don’t want to ask anything during the presentation, you are very welcome to speak to me afterwards (13’s) or stop me if I am wandering around between pitches (14’s)!

Look forward to seeing you all next week.




Friday 6th April – at Druid Park

Wednesday 11th April – at Tynedale RFC

Monday 16th April – at Tynedale RFC

Monday 23rd April – at Tynedale RFC

Friday 27th April – at Druid Park

Monday 30th April - at Tynedale RFC

All sessions are 6pm to 7pm for the Under 13’s and 7.15pm to 8.15pm for the Under 14’s.

(Festival at Kingston Park on Friday 4th May)



Copy of FB Post 09.03.18


Due to recent weather and the number of sessions that have had to be (with some still to be) re-arranged, the “End of Block Festival” on Saturday 7th April has now been moved to a new dateFRIDAY 4TH MAY.   The Festival is still at Kingston Park.  Timings now are Under 13’s 6pm to 7.30pm, Under 14’s 7.30pm to 9pm.   Thought you would appreciate the heads up on this one now so you can plan diaries accordingly.   Don’t think anyone is on tour that weekend either so that should make life easier as well!  More to come next week (re arranged dates etc – busy sorting stuff out with lead coaches at the moment).  Have a good weekend. Claire


02.02.18   Player Self Reflection Forms (new for 2018!) 

Can all players complete self reflection forms after each session.  Forms to be mailed to lead coach for your area so that they can be added to your file.  


George Purdy, Coast U14 Lead - purdycoastdpp@hotmail.com

Andrew Wilkinson, Coast U13 Lead - wilkycoastdpp@hotmail.com

Rob Ogilvie, City Lead - citydpplead@gmail.com

Ash Smith, West Lead - Ashley.smith@newcastle-falcons.co.uk

Dougie Hall, North Lead - dougiehallrugby@btinternet.com





The DPP Parents Facebook page has now been cleaned in line with County Safeguarding procedures (right age groups on the right pages).  All Under 14's parents will need to re-join the parents DPP Facebook page. 

The page has been re-named to reflect the current season so is now "Northumberland DPP 2017/18" if you do a search, or click on this link: 


To re-join the facebook page, you will need to answer the security questions – Lawrence and I won’t add you in unless you do!




06.06.17 Ladies and Gentlemen, its taken a bit longer than I had hoped but please find the link for those of you wishing to buy the Newcastle Falcons and Northumberland Rugby DPP Official Canterbury Kit, supplied by RugbyGear. Happy Shopping!  Lawrence 



02.06.17 - Concussion Information for Parents  - please see downloadable document at the foot of this page.