Project Rugby activity hub at Novos

Sunday 27 November 2022 Written by: Adam

For the past eight weeks Falcons Community have been delivering a successful activity hub at Novocastrians RFC as part of their Project Rugby programme.

Project Rugby is supported by Premiership Rugby and England Rugby, designed to increase participation in the game between people from traditionally underrepresented groups.

Rugby is a sport for everyone no matter what their background or playing level, and has the unique ability to change lives.

Falcons Community are delighted with how the Project Rugby Activity hub has been running.

Every Tuesday, students have turned up after school to Novocastrians RFC to give rugby a go and to develop their skills.

Last week over 35 students from local schools including Jesmond Park Academy, St Mary’s, Longbenton and Walker Riverside Academy were given the opportunity to put what they had learnt from the sessions in to practice, with match play against North Gosforth Academy.

Falcons Community are thrilled with the successful transition of two activity hub participants, Jay Long and Alexander Lee, to Gosforth Rugby Club.

Falcons Community’s senior community development officer, Chris Ure, said: “Since running these sessions I have been really impressed with how well the kids have come together as teams.

“The groups are from four different schools, ages and genders coming down after school to their local rugby club and having fun playing rugby.

“It was fantastic seeing more experienced kids coaching with less experienced. It shows it’s not just about playing the game, but also forming friendships with new people and creating memories.”

Thank you to Novocastrians RFC and John Clapperton for hosting our activity hubs.

Falcons Community would also like to thank Jon Nugent from Gosforth Rugby Club for supporting the kids from North Gosforth with some playing kit and kit bags.

For more information on Project Rugby please email