College Receives RFU Award

East Durham College is delighted to announce that it has been confirmed as an RFU Community Rugby Accredited College.

The accreditation is from the Rugby Football Union, Rugby Football Union for Women and British Colleges Sport who developed these awards in partnership. The award is for the next two years.

Matt Bryan, Rugby Development Officer for the RFU, who presented the Accreditation Certificate to the College, said: “I'm delighted the RFU has endorsed the Rugby Development Centre at East Durham College. This award recognises the high quality of rugby provision the College. The College provides a well-rounded programme which not only ensures the students can develop to their best potential but also inspires them to become the next generation of coaches, referees and volunteers."

Liam Gumbrill, Head of Rugby at East Durham College, added: “It’s a great achievement for the College to be awarded this accreditation. The award is the result of two years hard work by all the coaching staff, players and Sports Development Officer at the College.

“I’m delighted we can now boast the fact that we have reached the required status to gain the award and very proud of the Rugby Development Centre programme.

“I believe East Durham College offers the best rugby development programme in the north east. The number of students signing up to the rugby program has increased over the past two years and it looks like this upward trend will continue.

“We are also looking to capitalise on the back of the Women’s Rugby World Cup, to be held later this year. We plan to have a female rugby team up and running in the near future.”

The College has development some very strong partnerships with the RFU, local schools and local clubs such as Horden and Sunderland. They also host the RFU’s Community Rugby Coach for East Durham, Adam Falkner, who helps develop boys and girls youth rugby.

Ex-East Durham College Rugby Development Centre students include current Bath and England Prop David Wilson – plus Katy Mclean and Rosie Fong who represent England in the women’s game, Katy being Vice Captain.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the College’s Rugby Development Centre should call 0191 518 8319.