Falcons Community Foundation

The Falcons Community Foundation (reg. charity 1107851) has been in existence since 2005 and is responsible for the delivery of the Newcastle Falcons’ community objectives.

Over the past years the reach and impact of the Foundation has grown exponentially.

Our aim is to motivate, educate and inspire via the power of sport.

We work across five pillars of activity: club development, grassroots sports, health, social inclusion and education over a wide range of programmes.

To donate, or fundraise on behalf of the foundation, click here

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Programmes

Club Development

Falcons CPD

Run across all three counties, the Continued Professional Development courses run by the Falcons Community Foundation allow regional coaches of all ages and abilities the chance to learn from the professional first team coaching staff and players of Newcastle Falcons.

Please also view our Club Connections programme for more information.

Grassroots Sports

Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup

Grassroots rugby at its best – The Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup

The ever-popular Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup sees aspiring young rugby players across the country getting the chance to play a series of matches against other teams from their local area.

The Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup is a nationwide development programme for under-11 and under-12 teams. The long-running grassroots rugby series, supported by Land Rover since its inception, was the first of its kind to be officiated by Premiership Rugby and is run in conjunction with all 12 Premiership Rugby clubs.

Youngsters attending the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup grassroots festival will also have the chance to meet Newcastle Falcons players. The players will be offering advice for aspiring young rugby players, meeting the clubs and families who make these festivals so special and watching the next generation of talent in their matches.

The Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup has seen nearly 68,000 children take part to date, from all over the country, providing opportunities for under-11 and under-12 players to play, develop and excel in the game. So, get involved and support the young stars of your local clubs.

All teams attending each Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup will be given the opportunity to win the chance to go to Twickenham for the Aviva Premiership Rugby final. For more information about Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup, including how to get involved, please visit www.premiershiprugby.com/land-rover-premiership-cup

Vantec Girls’ Rugby Programme

The Vantec Girls Rugby Programme is secondary-school-targeted activity, looking to increase girls’ rugby participation across the North East and Cumbria.

We are in five key areas: Northumberland, Newcastle, Hartlepool, Sunderland and Kendal. Across these areas we deliver to 20 schools at under-13 age group for an hour of rugby coaching per week, across five weeks.

Once the five weeks are completed participants will have a festival at a local rugby club, and will also receive an invitation to a development day at Kingston Park. We will also provide teachers with an opportunity for professional development by attending a teacher education day as well as working with local clubs to transition this schools activity into a club environment.

Match day Festivals

A key part of the grassroots rugby pillar, our match-day festivals offer an opportunity to local rugby teams from ages under-7 to under-16 to come to Kingston Park and play rugby. In line with age grade regulations, all age groups have a chance to play tag, touch or contact rugby on the main, west and other pitches around Kingston Park as well as claiming free tickets to Newcastle Falcons fixtures. To enter, please contact Hannah.sutheran@newcastle-falcons.co.uk

Health

Something to Chew On

A Premiership Rugby programme brought to us by Change 4 Life, the programme focuses on healthy eating education alongside tag rugby coaching in schools for year four pupils. This programme was delivered in over 30 schools across the past two seasons. For more information click here.

Something to Chew On
Move like a pro

Supported by Movember Move Like a Pro is a brand new Premiership Rugby 12-week men’s health initiative, aiming to get men over 35 active again. The programme combines physical sessions with weekly topical indoor sessions on key healthy lifestyle messages such as healthy eating, alcohol and mental health. For more information click here.

Move like a pro
Touch Rugby

Newcastle Falcons’ Summer of Touch series runs each season from May to August. With taster sessions, an eight-week touch league and a Beach Touch festival, it’s a great way to get involved in activity throughout the rugby off-season. Mixed gender and all abilities, teams can enter from social groups, clubs, workplaces, or just a group of mates. For more information email gavin.beasley@newcastle-falcons.co.uk.

Touch Rugby
SOCIAL INCLUSION

Urban Rugby Squad

The Urban Rugby Squad programme focuses on giving 14 to 16-year-olds from disadvantaged communities an opportunity to play rugby and have some free character-based education sessions in satellite clubs. BT Supporter’s Club supports this new initiative, as participants get the chance to take part in both local and national touch rugby festivals. For more information click here.

Urban
Hitz

The Hitz programme tackles some of the greatest challenges facing young people today - unemployment, crime and disillusionment.

Hitz uses rugby as a tool to develop participant’s skill-set, allowing them back into education, training or employment.

For more information visit www.hitzrugby.com or www.premiershiprugby.com/hitz

Hitz
Sport Relief programme

Sport Relief have this year supported the Newcastle Falcons Deaf Friendly Rugby Programme. The aim of this project is to increase awareness, inclusivity and broaden the reach of rugby union throughout the North East deaf and hearing impaired community.

In the school’s programme element, KS2 children will be provided with a five week tag rugby and classroom education programme. Across five weeks the children will have two hours of deaf awareness, sign language and inclusivity education based around key components of the PSHE curriculum alongside an hour of tag rugby education, also incorporating these inclusive and deaf friendly elements. Alongside this, we will provide teachers with training on deaf awareness, elements of sign language and provide resources to sustain this delivery in the school upon completion of the programme.

In addition to the school’s element, we will be looking to engage local rugby clubs and provide volunteering support and education around deaf awareness, inclusivity and making local clubs a social hub and welcoming space for the deaf community.

Sport Relief
Action 4 Children

A new programme this year sees the Foundation team up with Action 4 Children to work with Parents in our community.

Parents on the Ball (PotB) is an innovative programme and is one element of the ‘Team Up’ sports partnership service currently operating cross the UK North division of Action for Children. PotB is held at Kingston Park and particularly helps to engage more dads and male carers.

There are three elements each week in the 12-week programme:

  • A parenting skills course – which course this is will depend on the specific identified needs of the particular local area and the preferred programmes in the local authority where the course is running.
  • A nutritious lunch allowing parents to relax, and promoting healthy eating.
  • An hour-long activities session led by a member of the sports club community staff.

We will also be working with parents returning to society.

Action for Children
EDUCATION

Aviva Tackling Numbers

This maths and financial literacy programme is part of the Premiership Rugby programme family, supported by Aviva.

Children in years three and four benefit from two hours a week of numeracy and tag rugby education. Over 50 schools benefit from the programme each season, with schools from all over the North East and Cumbria including Newcastle upon Tyne, Penrith, Carlisle and Kirkby Stephen.

For more information click here

Tackling Numbers
Tackling Health with Greggs

With over 1,200 children participating last season, the Tackling Health programme aims to inform children about key healthy lifestyle messages through a six-week programme of classroom education and outdoor tag rugby sessions. Supported by Greggs, the programme utilises the eat well plate, food-based tag rugby games and important food preparation lessons to instill messages about the positive benefits of healthy lifestyles for the whole family.

The Falcons Community Foundation are proud to support North Fawdon Primary School Breakfast Club. To find out more about the fantastic work of the Greggs Foundation and its breakfast club programme click here

Tackling Health with Greggs

Partners

Thanks to our fantastic partners. We couldn’t do it without you.

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