Presidents Message: 

We wish a warm welcome to all visitors to Blaydon Rugby Club and our social media sites, I have the honour of serving my 11th year as President.

We continue to be a Club for the entire Community providing opportunities for all age groups to play rugby and hosting a variety of social and public events throughout the year from Circuses, Bonfire night, parties, business meetings and youth events. It is only through the support of our local community that we are able to provide this service and we are constantly looking for further Sponsors and individuals to assist us. We are particularly grateful to Mark Gilbert and his Company JRZ Property Services who are to be our principal sponsor this season.

I would also make mention of the volunteers who have provided their time and skill to enhance our building and support the Club in other ways, especially Lee Guest, Cliff Snowden, Andrew Todd, Phil Gardiner, Brian Lowery and Ozzie Clark

Several local companies have also donated to our sponsorship requests in addition to those whose adverts appear, such as Cruise Motor Services, J Ramsey Roofing, Fix– a Chip Ltd, and Balba NE Ltd. We are grateful for their support

Following the rugby hiatus that Covid has forced upon all rugby Clubs, we remain committed to providing rugby opportunities to young men and women of all ages from Youth to senior level irrespective of playing ability, and to uphold the standards of play and fairness both on and off the field.

With the benefit of our artificial pitch we were able to play attractive and open rugby, and this facility is well utilised by all manner of local sports clubs with players of all ages.

This is our 1st Season re-joining as members of the National League, the 4th level of National rugby, and having now gained promotion from the Northern Premier League before the pandemic, all involved in the Club are eagerly looking forward to a new challenge and having the opportunity to meet up with our rugby friends from earlier seasons who are now involved in this League.

Keith Laughlin will continue in his successful role as Head Coach assisted by a team of former players in Lee Hogarth, Jim Houghton, and Sam Stuart. Our 1st XV Captain is Dan Taylor and we wish them well and hope for a successful and enjoyable season

I do hope we will see as many new visitors to our Club as possible this year and know that you will all be most welcome whether watching a sporting event or attending a function in our friendly Clubhouse

Bill Locke
PRESIDENT