Mowden Park is currently celebrating a milestone achievement after having positively impacted over 50,000 people across the North East.
The National League One team who moved to The Northern Echo Arena in 2012 is expanding its presence off the pitch as well as on it, as its community programme continues to go from strength to strength.
During the last five years children of all ages from more than 60 schools have taken part in its curriculum and extracurricular coaching programmes. It has seen expansion from the initial rugby sessions into an array of community initiatives and activities.
These programs range from multi-sports, to health and wellbeing all the way to social cohesion and inclusion, in an aim to blood the next generation of rugby players across the North East, and equip staff with the expertise to sustain rugby coaching within schools.
Although as community manager, Anne Rose, was keen to stress this is only one aspect: “The programmes ensure there is a future generation of rugby stars coming through the age groups, not just for Mowden Park but hopefully the region. As importantly, we’re giving young people new skills and building their confidence, and it is about more than just rugby.”
As part of its most recent initiative the community scheme now offers The Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards to Gold, Silver and Bronze standards, whereby all young people of the club are encouraged to take part in the prestigious award.
Anne went on to say: “The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is fantastic for their CVs and is a real asset on applications for universities or jobs, it also allows young people to gain new skills and experiences whilst they complete their award.”
Reaching out to the local community has resulted in over 1,000 community tickets being distributed into the regions schools ahead of the international double header, on Friday 13th March.
If you would like to find out more about this or any of the community work please call Mowden Park on 01325 350267.