Educating, Engaging and Inspiring the people of Northumberland
In September 2014, Cramlington Rockets became the first Community Rugby League Club in the North East to create a full time community department, an achievement rarely seen across the sport.
Our vision is simple. We, as Cramlington Rockets Community, aim to engage as many people, young and old with the club’s brand and family values. We use sport and the positive impact it can have on people’s lives as a vessel to engage as many people as we can. Currently we work with 28 schools and reach 30,000 people and we aim to continue to grow this figure.
The Cramlington Rockets Community is funded by one school sports partnership, one secondary school and the Rockets themselves. We are hugely grateful for the funding but it is modest at best and under threat as the educational bodies themselves feel pressure to cut costs. It is thanks to the brilliance of those involved that we can deliver such an amazing programme but it is always very much on a shoestring budget. That is why we would love your support.
Our Community Development Manager, Steve Beaty has 14 years’ experience at working within both community and professional levels of sport and is a Rocket through and through, having being present when the Rockets were formed back in September 2000.
Because of his time with the Rockets, this inspired him to work as a volunteer schools coach as he wanted to inspire other children to take up the sport of rugby league. His talents were quickly noticed as was offered a job as North Tyneside/Northumberland Rugby Development Officer by governing body, the RFL. Whilst working as a community coach he also coached the high performance set up and rose through the ranks, doing every role until eventually being scouted by Super League club, Huddersfield Giants.
In his time at Huddersfield, he was involved in their highly regarded community team, working in schools and as part of the successful Rugby League World Cup schools programme while also coaching the Youth Academy and a number of players who now play in the First Team. At the end of 2013 they were crowned Super League champions and after three successful years, Steve decided he wanted to take all he had learnt back home. Turning down a high profile and much better paid role as head of the Huddersfield Academy, Steve return to the North East to begin work on creating the Cramlington Rockets Community Department.
On his return he noticed straight away a massive demand for not just rugby league but for the Rockets’ core family values. Our members are known as the "Rockets family" with good reason. Working with the club’s committee and under the guidance of the RFL, Steve set up a strategic development plan and secured funding by various partners. Cramlington Rockets Community was born.
So far, our community department offers the following, with more exciting projects to come next year:
• School coaching in primary, secondary and SEN schools
• School assemblies
• Rocket Tots – a unique key stage one coaching programme
• Workshops for BTECH or GSCE PE groups
• School holiday sport camps
• Birthday parties
• Support for local rugby league or union clubs
• Support for community groups or charities
Our outcomes are participation driven. Within seven months, we had already created and established new U10s and U12s age group at the club and recruited 54 new members in 2016, adding more coaches to help us deliver through our various programmes. We broke the North East record for the number of children attending a rugby league sports camp four times in a row between 2015 and 2016 and expect to continue to break this as interest grows.
We have won RFL North East Schools Rugby League Outstanding Contribution Award, RFL North East Rugby League Community Spirit Award and in Chair, Jeff Ball, RFL National Volunteer of the Year. In 2016 we were runners up for RFL National Club of the Year due to our dedication to community development and innovation.
We are thrilled with how things have gone so far and we feel we have proven we have what it takes to provide something truly special to the people of Northumberland. With your help, we can take the department to the next level and make something that can have a positive impact in our community for many years to come.
Thank you for your support