Fireworks at Broadway West

Gosforth Rugby Club 140 year dinner

Enjoy an evening of celebration on Saturday April 22 as Newcastle Falcons and Gosforth mark 140 years of shared history with a special anniversary dinner.

Tickets are available for just £40 + vat per person as these two iconic names of North East rugby come together at Kingston Park Stadium for an evening in the best rugby tradition.

The club now known as Newcastle Falcons was originally founded as Gosforth FC in 1877 by a group of Durham School old boys, playing under that name in their iconic green and white hoops for well over a century. Winning two national cup finals at Twickenham and fielding numerous international players, rugby’s march into the professional era saw the newly-named Falcons splitting from their amateur arm in 1996.

The intervening 20 years have seen the Falcons going on to establish themselves as a Premiership force while the incredible effort of Gosforth’s founder members has ensured the original name lives on, with Gosforth RFC now an established presence in Durham and Northumberland One at their new Broadway West base.

Newcastle Falcons’ managing director Mick Hogan said: “The 140th anniversary is a major milestone for both clubs, given our shared history, and it is entirely fitting that an occasion of this significance is not allowed to pass without due recognition.”

Malcolm Bell said: “As president of Gosforth RFC I know that fellow members and players, present and past, are looking forward to what I believe will be a marvellous evening.

“It will be a chance to catch up with ex-playing colleagues from way back when, an opportunity to meet (again) some of the best players to represent the clubs in both the amateur and professional eras, and an excuse to re-live the highlights, or not, of our own playing careers, all in a few short hours. There is nothing like a rugby dinner to tackle nostalgia full on.”

Tickets for the evening, which includes a three-course meal, are priced at £40 + vat per person. For more information or to make your booking please call 0191 214 2835 or email amy.kirsopp@newcastle-falcons.co.uk .

Tesco Bags of Help Fund

Great news – we have been successful with our application to the 2016 Tesco Bags of Help scheme.

Tesco are providing us with funding which will go towards our project to improve outside facilities around the clubhouse at Broadway West. This grant will be used for paving, shrubs, turf and lighting, on and around the clubhouse.

Thanks to Tesco for supporting GSA

Tesco Bags of Help Community Fund

Good news – we have been shortlisted by Tesco for their latest community scheme.

Tesco will provide funding to pay for, or contribute to our project to improve outside facilities around the clubhouse at Broadway West. The grant will be used to purchase paving, shrubs, turf and lighting, on and around the clubhouse

What you can do

o   Go along to Tesco Kingston Park and vote for our project

o   Voting is open from 1st – 31st December

o   You can vote each time you visit the store

o   Spread the word –tell your family and friends

For more info www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp 

 #BagsofHelp  #BiG  @GosNews  @Tesco_North

GSA Open Night

There was a successful open evening at Broadway West on 22nd July, for residents and prospective members (young and old).

The internals of the clubhouse have now been given a makeover and we now
have an updated working facility. Newcastle City Cricket Club had a junior coaching session with fun activities and games for all ages. Senior cricket was also represented
Gosforth Rugby Football Club had coaches available to promote mini, junior and
senior rugby, andTyne Tees Tigers Australian Rules Football Club had members on hand to introduce their great sport.
New members always welcome – please get in touch

Aussie Rules joins GSA

The Tyne Tees Tigers are the North East’s Australian Rules Football Club and compete in Central and Northern England Australian Football League. They are the latest club to join the new Gosforth Sports Association, and Tigers President Phil Martin said “It’s a fantastic opportunity for the Tigers to be a part of a community sporting venture and the permanent home for both training and playing opens the club to be more accessible and part of a wider community”

The Tigers were founded in April 2012 from the remnants of the North East England league, which formerly comprised of the Durham Saints, Gateshead Miners, Hartlepool Dockers, Middlesbrough Hawks, Newcastle Centurions and the Redcar Bombers.

Gosforth Rugby Club Set To Come Home

Gosforth Rugby Club is pleased to announce that it will be moving back into Gosforth from this summer to be based at Broadway West. President, Neil Jamieson, formally announced the move at their AGM on July 4th 2015. In conjunction with the newly formed Gosforth Sports Association (GSA) and working with Newcastle City Cricket club, they are safeguarding their long term future by securing a long term lease with Newcastle City Council. The Council have been instrumental in realising Gosforth’s move by facilitating their aspirations for the site, which is great news for the city in the year of the Rugby World Cup with Newcastle being a host this autumn.

This move is after a year in temporary accommodation at Northumbria University’s Bullocksteads ground following an enforced departure from Druid Park after 7 years in getting it established as a rugby ground. Keith Gibson, Chairman of both Gosforth Rugby and GSA, says “I am delighted that we have secured a long term future for the Club. By negotiating a long term lease at Broadway, GSA can start re-developing both the grounds and clubhouse into a community facility not only for Cricket and Rugby, but for other sports in the area and for non-sport community activities.”

President, Neil Jamieson, explains that the Club had very little time to find a new home at the end of the 2013 season and were very grateful to Northumbria University, who provided a temporary home. “Whilst we were able to continue to maintain our league status playing at Bullocksteads, the club struggled to sustain their customary cordiality without a bar and kitchen facility. We have always prided ourselves on our hospitality and not having this facility has put a lot of strain on the players and members alike. Keith has worked tirelessly in the last year heading up a small team of club members to secure a lease at Broadway West. We are now in a position to set up a traditional club facility, but also open it up to the community.”

Hamad Hussain, Chairman of Newcastle City Cricket, adds –“ the formation of Gosforth Sports Association brings exciting times for the clubs involved and the local community . We hope to bring in a much needed revamp on the existing facilities with the clubs consisting of a blend of different ethnicities and cultures. Many years of fantastic recreational sport, benefitting health and local community activities, are envisaged. The potential is huge in this project and we urge all in the area to get on board to develop it further”.

The Club is now asking volunteers from both the Cricket and the Rugby club to assist in the renovation of the pavilion. They are drawing on members and friends of the club with key skills to have them up and running for the coming season. “The hard work starts now”, says Pete Cowey, our Project Manager for the BiG project. “We are working with our constituent bodies to look at funding for both the groundworks and the Clubhouse renovations. We are looking to improve the playing facilities as well the car parking and training areas”.

We are also pleased to announce the signing of a new Head Coach, Liam Gumbrill, who has 20 years’ experience of playing in Rugby Union. He has represented Leicestershire at Twickenham, the Midlands, Bedford Blues, Blaydon, Darlington Mowden Park and Glenfield in New Zealand, as well as spending time in Australia playing for the University of New South Wales.
Liam has worked with the RFU in schools and clubs as a Community Rugby Coach and as a Coach Educator. He has a BSc (Hons) in Sports Science, a PGCE and is also qualified as a UKCC Level 3 Coach in Rugby Union. Liam has coached a number of representative teams including Durham County U18’s and more recently Scottish RFU Exiles.
Gosforth Rugby Club was reformed in 1996 after the split of Newcastle Gosforth Rugby during the formation of Newcastle Falcons. They provide three senior teams, a colts and mini junior section. It is their intention to expand the Mini Junior age groups in the next couple of years and they will be working hard to increase their numbers.

GSA have already started talking to other sports with a view to joining the Sports Association and once the renovations are complete, we will be inviting local community organisations and residents to make use of the facilities, which will be available both on a short and long term basis.

Gosforth Sports Association

Gosforth Rugby Club

Gosforth Rugby Football Club

Your local, friendly rugby club, who welcome all ages to come along and enjoy grassroots rugby for both adults, juniors and minis.

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Newcastle City Cricket Club

A warm, welcoming club providing senior and junior cricket on Saturday’s and mid-week

Tyne Tees Tigers

Tyne Tees Tigers

The North East’s only Australian Rules Football Club and compete in Central and Northern England Australian Football League

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