Falcons committed to bouncing back stronger

Saturday 4 May 2019

Newcastle Falcons are disappointed to confirm that we will play in the RFU Championship next season following the most competitive Premiership in recent memory.

Despite dropping down a level we are fully committed to securing promotion back to the top flight at the first attempt under the direction of Dean Richards. While we are confident of a return to the Premiership within a year, it is something we certainly do not take for granted and will approach the competition very seriously.

We remain fully committed to our playing and coaching staff as well as further investment in our academy, which continues to produce a steady stream of talented local players.

This season has seen the likes of Mark Wilson, Chris Harris and Gary Graham establishing themselves in the international game on the back of their club performances, as Newcastle’s reputation as a rugby city continues to grow.

Having been a successful Rugby World Cup venue the city will next week stage the European club finals, with England playing in Newcastle for the first time this September. The Falcons have drawn huge support for The Big One at St James’ Park over the last two seasons, while rugby league has continued to thrive in the region through Super League’s Magic Weekend and the steady growth of Newcastle Thunder.

Newcastle Falcons’ crowds at Kingston Park Stadium have been growing over the last few seasons, and we will be working hard to continue to provide a fantastic match-day experience and deliver great value to our supporters.

Once the RFU have confirmed the Championship season structure for 2019-20 the club will contact season ticket holders to confirm details regarding next season, and any associated changes to our pricing. These details will then be relayed to our wider supporter base.

Our stadium development plans will continue, which will help our award-winning events team to drive further excellence in hospitality, major conferences and exhibitions.

The Newcastle Rugby Foundation will continue to expand and make a positive difference to the lives of over 15,000 people each season across an ever-increasing breadth and depth of programming which will tackle some of the biggest issues facing our communities in the North East and Cumbria. These include unemployment, opportunities for under-reptesented groups and tackling mental health.

Newcastle Falcons have been instrumental in growing the game at every level, whether this be mini and youth rugby, women’s and girls’ rugby, volunteers, adult and county rugby, spectators, disability participation, facilities, business and attracting major events. Our long-term vision to achieve further growth across all areas and become one of the leading brands in the sport remains firmly intact.

This can only be achieved through the continued drive and hard work of everyone at the club, in conjunction with our outstanding supporters and sponsors.

We would like to thank all of our loyal supporters for their fantastic backing throughout the campaign, and we hope to welcome you all to Kingston Park next season.

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