Falcons Community

Coaching camps

Our coaching camps run every school holiday across the region at our partner clubs and here at Kingston Park Stadium.

Camps are available for 6 to 17 year olds and can last between one day and a five day residential camp.

At each camp, participants take away a Premiership Rugby Academy t-shirt.

Little Falcons

A great way to get young families active together, Little Falcons is for boys and girls aged 2-4 years old.

Enjoy a fun introduction to rugby through sessions with our Falcons Community coaches.

Develop fundamental skills including; agility, balance, coordination and teamwork.

This programme is supported by RISE North East.

Touch Rugby

Throughout the year, we hold numerous touch rugby events for all abilities. Join Master Touch rugby training with our coaches, our 8-week Summer of Touch league or come along to our year Touch Rugby Beach Festival!


The HITZ programme is Newcastle Rugby Foundation’s employability and enrichment programme which looks to support young people in the region in getting employment ready. Newcastle Rugby Foundation works in partnership with Newcastle College who deliver formal qualifications while the Foundation delivers a suite of sessions aimed at getting the students work ready, including; Self Esteem, Money Management, Proper Social Media Use, Professional Relationships and more.

Many of the students we work with come from areas of socio-economic deprivation and have not had the greatest of times in school. The HITZ programme aims to change the students’ views of education and employment, dispelling some of the myths around work and raising their aspirations.

The students on the HITZ programme are all working towards formal qualifications in either Sports Coaching or Uniformed Public Services from Level 1 to Level 3. Whilst studying for their qualifications, the HITZ programme looks to support them both professionally and academically, giving them a well rounded experience at college with the aim that they become both more confident in both their personal and professional lives. Highlights of the programme this year include a group of students getting to visit Twickenham for the Premiership Final, one of our students winning an award for Outstanding Bravery, and a record number of students volunteering on match days at Newcastle Falcons and Thunder home games as well as on rugby camps with the Foundation.

HITZ is a nationally recognised programme and we have had several success stories including students who have gone on to university, apprenticeships, and employment, but as the programme grows, we are continually looking for strong partnerships to offer the students as many opportunities as possible. As a local business, your attendance at this event shows the young people from the programme that they can have ambition and not be anxious about what lies ahead of them in their career and that it doesn’t matter what their background is as long as they are committed to making their own pathway into work. At NRF, we appreciate any support that you can offer the students that we work with, whether this is sponsorship of the programme or a student, work experience, placements, interviews, apprenticeships or promotion of the programme through your social media channels. Any kind of commitment to the programme shows the students that people are listening to them and there are opportunities to progress.

If you would like to know more about the programme before the event, please contact david.shotton@newcastle-falcons.co.uk

Schools Connections

Develop a rugby programme bespoke to your school or trust with our Schools Connections programme. Delivered within both primary and secondary schools, sessions are delivered by full-time enhanced DBS checked, full NGB qualified Falcons Community Development Officers.

What’s included:

  • 45 hours of delivery (3 half-terms)
  • Teacher training
  • An invite to the Schools Festival
  • A signed Newcastle Falcons match ball
  • School fun day
  • Player or Mascot appearance
  • 50 junior match tickets for Newcastle Falcons
  • An article in the matchday programme

For more information about our Schools Connections programme, please contact falconscommunity@newcastle-falcons.co.uk

Club Connections

Club Connections powered by Fusion for Business has one key principle ; strengthening the community game at grassroots level by supporting a variety of elements both on and off the pitch.

Club Ambassadors are appointed at the 60+ clubs who are on the programme, to enable us to help grow the clubs via a number of initiatives such as CPD events hosted by players, fundraising support, match day activities, festivals, recruitment support and so much more

The programme is sponsored by Fusion for Business who are committed in helping sports clubs become more energy efficient through a range of costs and carbon savings. These savings can create a new recurring revenue stream, boosting the longevity of grassroots sports for the next generation and beyond.

For more information about our Club Connections programme, please contact falconscommunity@newcastle-falcons.co.uk or for more information regarding Fusion for Business, please contact maisie.cole@fusionforbusiness.co.uk

Project Rugby

Ran by Falcons Community and supported by Premiership Rugby and England Rugby, Project Rugby is a programme designed to increase participation in the game between people from traditionally underrepresented groups (young people from ethnically diverse backgrounds, people from lower socio-economic backgrounds, and those with disabilities). Rugby is a sport for everyone- no matter what their background or ability and has a unique ability to change lives.
For more information on project rugby, please contact falconscommunity@newcastle-falcons.co.uk

Premiership Rugby Champions

This is an interactive resource for primary schools, delivered through the Premiership Rugby Digital App. The app provides digital lesson plans and resources available to schools across the country. Within the programme there are three strands: Tackling Health, Tackling Numeracy and Tackling Character. It aims to take an inclusive approach to these three stands by applying real-world and sport-based scenarios to curriculum activities.

Whilst the aim of this programme is to use digital devices to create further computer literate pupils, all lesson content comes with different options to use the lessons without access to apps needed.

For more information about Premiership Rugby Champions App, please contact falconscommunity@newcastle-falcons.co.uk

Family Fit – Supported by RISE North East

Family Fit is an innovative series of well-being programmes targeted and delivered in low socio-economic areas. The programme is supported by RISE, our local active partnership.

Family Fit is delivered in 3 parts to ensure a diverse range of families and participants are engaged in the programme.

1) Little Falcons – A fun introduction to rugby for kids age 2-4years old. Through parent and child interaction in our sessions we develop their fundamental skills including agility, balance, co-ordination, teamwork and lots of fun.

2) Tackling Health – a tried and tested physical activity and healthy lifestyle programme designed to get young people and families active together alongside learning some key skills and information around making healthy choices to improve their lifestyle.

3) Family Touch – a fun and engaging, non-contact version of rugby for all members of the family to get involved with and play together. This programme is designed to get families active and have fun together.

Parents on the Ball

Delivered in partnership with Action 4 Children, the 12-week innovative programme works with parents within the club community. Parents on the Ball covers three key areas within the 12-week programme, including a parenting skills course, working on healthy eating nutrition workshop and physical activity sessions led by a member of our community development team.

For more information regarding Parents on the Ball, please contact darren.greco@newcastle-falcons.co.uk

Walking Rugby

A great way to get into exercise, walking rugby is a non-contact form of rugby played in a welcoming, laid-back social environment, where the core values of rugby are promoted.

Played on half a pitch, all participants must be walking for the whole time. Walking rugby aims to boost the physical and mental wellbeing of all participants.

To book your place, please contact chris.ure@newcastle-falcons.co.uk

Tackling Insights

Supported by Sage Foundation, this programme engages young people from schools in underprivileged areas across the North East in tackling STEM topics.
The programme aims to provide young people with the opportunity to learn innovation, data and insight, utilising rugby as the vehicle to inspire learning.
Sessions combine classroom-based learning, with a practical tag-rugby session to help encourage and develop young people to use the core values of the game (Teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship).

For more information about Tackling Insights, please contact falconscommunity@newcastle-falcons.co.uk

Women and Girl’s Rugby

Our Falcons Community Development officer (women and girls) aim is to support the development and growth of the girls game across the north east and Cumbria.

Our programmes specifically target the engagement of girls in rugby with a view to retain and transition them into a local community club.

We currently deliver women and girls rugby through
1. Project Rugby
2. Premiership Rugby Academy Camps
3. Northumberland Rugby Union agreement
4. Tyne Met Girls Rugby Excellence programme
5. Falcons match day festivals

Rugby College

Falcons Community Rugby Excellence Programme with Tyne Met College is a joint rugby and education partnership, set up to provide girls and boys, aged 16-18 with the opportunity to pursue their rugby ambitions, alongside their studies.

This programme strives to deliver the perfect balance of gaining educational qualifications, with our players studying for their NCFE Level 3 Extended Diploma in sports and physical activity, alongside full-time performance rugby training at the home of the Premiership rugby club, Newcastle Falcons

For more information regarding the education side of the programme please contact adam.pollock@ tynecoast.ac.uk. For enquires regarding the rugby, please contact niall.johal@newcastle-falcons.co.uk

RUGBY+ Futures

At Newcastle Rugby Foundation, we are committed to supporting individuals across the region particularly those who face barriers to their development, to unlock their potential and create a brighter future for themselves and their communities.

The RUGBY+ Futures programme is tailored to meet the needs of young people in education, those who are not in education, employment or training, and unemployed people in the North East.

Developed by British Lion Tony Underwood and Olympian Chris Cook, together with acclaimed coach Lysa Morrison and the Newcastle Rugby Foundation Team, the game-changing programme that empowers individuals to reach their full potential and be the best version of themselves.

This innovative programme equips participants with essential personal characteristics that build relationships based on trust. Self-awareness, communication, resilience, and emotional intelligence are crucial for success in any area of life and are core elements of this work.

Available in both schools and businesses, the programme is delivered over a six-week period in schools / alternative provision and focuses on key stage three pupils.

The business sessions will be delivered by a member of the businesses team (Tony Underwood, Chris Cook and Lysa Morrison).

For more information about RUGBY+ Futures, please contact falconscommunity@newcastle-falcons.co.uk

Falcons Fit

Falcons Fit is a 12-week health and well-being programme that takes place at Kingston Park Stadium.

The programme, which is currently supported by Nuffield Health, is aimed at individuals aged 16 and over and designed to educate participants about healthy lifestyle interventions and simple but effective adjustments that can promote a healthy life.

The programme consists of a combination of rugby-themed physical activity and healthy lifestyle workshops, with a focus on giving participants the toolkit to improve their health. It is suitable for all levels of ability and structured to accommodate the individual, allowing participants to work at their own pace.

For more information about the Falcons Fit Programme please contact falconscommunity@newcastle-falcons.co.uk

Matchday Activity

Our Matchday activity provides an opportunity for clubs, schools, and individuals to participate in our Newcastle Falcons home fixtures.

We organise pre-match festivals and coaching sessions throughout the season, where grassroots clubs, local schools and individuals can attend to play competitive rugby and develop their skills at Kingston Park Stadium.

They can also take part in the Guard of Honour, be mascots walking out with the team ahead of kick-off and play halftime games in the middle of the main pitch.

If you’re interested in finding out more about our Matchday Activity and how you can get involved, please contact us at falconscommunity@newcastle-falcons.co.uk.

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