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Blaydon RFC, in collaboration with RFU and Age UK introduce Walking Rugby on AGP at Crowtrees



‘Walking Rugby’ for the over 50s, improving fitness levels in a safe environment and enjoying the social activity around it. The game is mixed gender, suitable for ex-players or non-players who want social exercise and for all abilities.
Take a look at the overview on video click here


Past Players also welcome: 

Just when you thought your rugby career may come to an end one day, ‘Walking Rugby’ steps in as a real consideration for people who want to:

  • Rekindle past friendships with teams mates
  • Join new teams and build that camaraderie only taking part in a team can achieve
  • Meet new friends with like minded people
  • Get out the chair, do some exercise and have a pie & pint/gin/prosecco

 

WHAT IS WALKING RUGBY
As the name suggests, running is forbidden as is passing the ball higher than shoulder height. There are also no high tackles – or indeed any tackles – and, crucially, no contested scrums, rucks or mauls.
Instead players are allowed to hold onto the ball for no more than three seconds before passing, keeping the pace moving and giving the other team an opportunity to intercept. No running allowed.

 

WHO IS IT FOR
Walking Rugby is for anyone aged 50 and over. Sessions are adapted to cater for all backgrounds and experiences of Rugby. Veterans of the game are welcome as are newcomers.

 

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Your first two sessions are free, to introduce you to the sport, after that:

  • the one hour session on Thursday morning will be free as its sponsored by RFU and Age Concern
  • the evening session which will take place at 6pm on either Tuesday or Thursday night (give us your availability on contact@blayodnrfc.co.uk) will have a nominal charge (TBC) per person to cover the hire of the AGP and provision of certified coach to run the session.

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING/WEAR?
All equipment is provided. Participants must wear suitable clothing. Sessions will take place on artificial grass so moulded, plastic or metal stud boots are required.

 

WHO DELIVERS THE SESSION?
The Walking Rugby sessions will be delivered by a RFU certified coach who will use the rules of Walking Rugby developed by Age UK.
Coaches received Older Peoples Champion training developed by Age UK. This is a condition of delivering Walking Sports. The feel of the sessions will be very much social and fun, whilst providing physical activity. Sessions will last one hour.

Sam Green

Sam Green Takes 4 Awards at U14 Presentation Night

The U14s celebrated their season on Friday night holding their Presentation Night at the club!! The boys only lost 3 games all season the toughest one to take being the County Cup Final defeat against a strong Darlington RFC team, 12-5! The lads were tremendous in the final and spent long periods camped in DRFC’s 22! The awards were all well deserved however one to watch is Sam Green, he took away the Players Player, Parents Player, Top Try Scorer and Coaches Back Player of the season!! WELL DONE SAM GREEN 🏉👊🏆🥇Sam Green

Blaydon RFC are delighted to announce an initial two year partnership with leading sporting teamwear specialist, Macron

The partnership was agreed after a comprehensive selection process against agreed criteria, with sample goods produced as part of the process to verify ‘look & feel’ and Macron wining overall, scoring well on quality, delivery, range and availability via an online shop.

We have been working on this deal for some time and a lot is already in place, product range and design are agreed, a new online shop is being built, so goods can be delivered direct to your home

This is great news for Blaydon, Marcon is a well known brand, great delivery and product range and will allow us to completely re-brand all elements of the club, to one club, they will be our sole clothing supplier.

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Macron is recognised for the quality, design and technical features of its products which secured the brand a position of leadership in the world of international rugby.

At national team level, Macron sponsors Italy, Scotland, Portugal and Germany. At club level, the long list of sponsored teams includes; Newcastle Falcons, Northampton Saints, Glasgow Warriors, Edinburgh Rugby, Scarlets, Cardiff Blues, Pau, Lyon and Biarritz, while in the referee sector Macron is also technical sponsor of the Guinness Pro14.

“Their proven track record of supplying quality kit for teams and supporters of both club and national teams is there for all to see, and we look forward to a long and mutually-beneficial partnership.”

 

Durham County Intermediate Cup Final to be held on AGP at Blaydon on Wednesday 15th May

The final of the County Intermediate Cup –  Durham City v South Shields Westoe

will take place on

Wednesday May 15th 2019 at Crowtrees the home of Blaydon RFC

with a 7.30 pm kick off

 

Bar will be open, all drinks (alcoholic & soft) purchased from the bar taken pitch-side will be in plastic glasses and no drinks other than water are allowed within the white boundary fence of the AGP.

Entrance fees, supporting Durham RFU

  • Adults:                                                               £5.00
  • Concessions for senior citizens:            £3.00
  • Free to holders of current County Handbook
  • Under 16s free

 

It is with sadness Blaydon RFC announce the loss of Eric Kings

Eric (Crusher) Kings last played rugby at Blaydon RFC in the 80s as a prop forward

 

Our thoughts are with his family at this time

 

His funeral will be held on Tuesday 21st May, 12-45 West Road Crematorium and returning to Newburn Club

Blaydon Lions Festival Report

The dust has settled on what was an absolutely fantastic day of rugby at Crow Trees for the inaugural Blaydon Lions Festival.

With teams from Perthshire, Whitecraigs, Market Harborough, Stockton and Newcastle School for Boys visiting Crow Trees, the standard of rugby was always going to be high. All of the players did their parents and coaches proud and you are all welcome back to Blaydon any time in the future.

Congratulations to Perthshire and Market Harborough for taking home the Plate and Cup respectively following their names being drawn out of the hat.

The post festival social was great fun, with players, coaches and parents mingling and making new friends. Some suspect dancing from the ‘lost property crew’ and some extremely dodgy singing from a couple of the Blaydon coaches!!

All the players, parents and coaches of Blaydon Lions would like to thank Ian Taylor from Taylor & Sons Building Contractors for his generous sponsorship of the event and all the teams who attended for making our first attempt at a Festival a great success.

Now…where to go on tour next season?

Blaydon Lions Festival Report

The dust has settled on what was an absolutely fantastic day of rugby at Crow Trees for the inaugural Blaydon Lions Festival.

With teams from Perthshire, Whitecraigs, Market Harborough, Stockton and Newcastle School for Boys visiting Crow Trees, the standard of rugby was always going to be high. All of the players did their parents and coaches proud and you are all welcome back to Blaydon any time in the future.

Congratulations to Perthshire and Market Harborough for taking home the Plate and Cup respectively following their names being drawn out of the hat.

The post festival social was great fun, with players, coaches and parents mingling and making new friends. Some suspect dancing from the ‘lost property crew’ and some extremely dodgy singing from a couple of the Blaydon coaches!!

All the players, parents and coaches of Blaydon Lions would like to thank Ian Taylor from Taylor & Sons Building Contractors for his generous sponsorship of the event and all the teams who attended for making our first attempt at a Festival a great success.

Now…where to go on tour next season?

Luctonians 31 Blaydon 17

Hopes of a bounce-back to National League 2 North for Blaydon were effectively scuppered in the opening 40 minutes of this play-off for promotion when the home side, playing against the elements, ran in 3 tries unanswered.
Luctonians on the day made better use of the conditions and with crisper handling and running were deserved winners, Blaydon only coming into it in the final quarter with 2 tries of their own.
Blaydon started well enough but 10 minutes of pressure brought no reward and when they dropped the ball on half-way were immediately made to pay. Man of the match Josh Watkins, the Luctonians full-back, sped clear down the wing for the first of his 2 tries and fly-half Lewis Silver added the conversion to make it 7-0.
When Blaydon erred as they had for the opening score Watkins was in again, this time from a smart diagonal break and on 35 minutes quick handling by the home side resulted in try No3 from winger Drew Cheshire with Silver once more on target.
With the interval approaching Blaydon finally got their side of the score-board moving having worked their way upfield for Jamie Guy to put over a penalty and make it 19-3 at the break.
Sadly the interval brought no relief for the visitors with Luctonians continuing as they had left off with 2 more tries in the opening 15 minutes of the second period. Their hooker Guy Kirby crossed near the posts from a forward drive and winger John Morris also touched down under the woodwork from an excellent handling movement with Silver landing a 3rd conversion to make it 31-3 with 20 minutes remaining.
Having been on the back foot for much of the previous 60 minutes Blaydon at last began to dominate the forward exchanges and salvage some pride. Five minutes of persistent pressure in the home 22, led in style by skipper Keith Laughlin, brought an opening score for centre Alex Clark plus the extras from Guy.
It was now the turn of the home side to be on the back foot and unable to cope with the power of the opposition forwards, and Blaydon at least had the consolation of finishing strongly and securing a second try when Guy went over from a breakdown and added the conversion himself.

John Brennan

 

Happy Easter from all at Blaydon RFC

Bar opening hours over Easter:

• Good Friday – closed
• Easter Saturday – midday to 11pm
• Easter Sunday – 12 to 5pm
• Easter Monday – Closed