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Your News Blyth RFC - Durham/Northumberland 2
addressClubhouse & Grounds
Plessey Road
NE24 3LE
United Kingdom

In 2009 Blyth were promoted to the Durham & Northumberland Division 2, The following season Blyth not only consolidated their position but were just a few points off promotion, coming 4th in the league. This season 2010/2011 they have continued the success and again are set to be in the top 4. There are a number of contributing factors to this rise:- The club development of a £300K plus new changing/shower blocks, Physiotherapy room and referees changing area was a major incentive to the players. The facilities are second to none in Northumberland and envy of all the league clubs who visit Blyth. The coaching staff, initially led by Joe Miller, and recently continued by Darren Cunningham has also positively impacted the players and our game. The support of two world class “All Black” players (Carl Hayman & Joe McDonnell) was a massive lift to the enthusiasm and commitment of the players over the 2007-10 period. Most important of all has been the leadership of the 1st Captain, Tony Smithson. Joining Blyth in 2008 he has led the 1st xv through to their current position and we hope to the next level and Division 1. Another success at the club was the RFU whole club Seal of Approval. This was achieved at the end of last year. The Seal of Approval initiative, which ensures that players coming into the game benefit from the very best support systems that clubs can provide, acts as both a quality kitemark and a barometer of the high standards of care young people can expect from a club. Blyth currently run four senior sides, one being the Over 40s VETs team who are doing exceptionally well for their 1st season, winning 7 of their 8 games. The club also have some 150 boys and youths playing from the ages of 7-17. A number of the colts are in a transition stage moving from colt rugby to the lower senior sides, which will strengthen the overall club. The club also has the honour of providing Northumberland Rugby Union's President for this season. Alan Heinzman was club chairman for 38 years and has served on the county committee for 15years. Former club secretary Stuart Bainbridge is currently chairman of the Northumberland RU Executive Committee. Next season is our 50th Anniversary and a number of plans are being drawn up for events and activities to celebrate the season. Any ex-players should contact the club via the Blyth web site

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