The Rockets are one of Northumberland’s greatest sporting success stories, having been founded in Cramlington in 2009 when there was no rugby league in the county.
Fast-forward and today they are the North East’s largest club, coaching in over 30 schools and hold the current Rugby Football League National Club of the Year title.
Steve Beaty, Community Manager at The Rockets, said: “Community engagement is what we believe in and is at the heart of everything we do. We are more than just a sports club, we are part of the fabric of the community, somewhere for players and their families to belong to, enjoy positive experiences and realise their potential.”
Beaty continued: “The people of Cramlington have really taken to us and we now coach over 3,000 children a year. The club has grown and we now have teams or classes for everyone from two year olds to the parents and guardians.
“It is fantastic to have a company like Bellway on board as a Community Partner. For us, it is
important to work with others who share our values. We are very conscious we are a flagship club for the sport and represent the North East on a national stage so being able to make a positive im-pact on our local community means the world to us.
“The support from Bellway means we are able to provide more free coaching in schools. The funding from Bellway will be used in particular on our Bear-necessities project, a multi-skills programme that takes place across Cramlington and South East Northumberland. It is so called as it is led by our Head Community Coach, Danny Gilroy who is better known by everyone as Bear. Bear is thought of as one of the best coaches in Northumberland so anything that allows him to spend more time with the local community is only going to be a good thing.”
Sales Director Designate at Bellway, Jill Robinson, said: “We are delighted to be able to support The Rockets. The community programme that The Rockets have devised mirrors many of the locations where we have new or established developments so it is entirely appropriate for us especially as we now also have two new developments in Cramlington that are progressing, Arcot Manor and St Nicholas Manor. Like the Rockets, our focus is also upon the community in the way that we try to be good neighbours where ever we are building.”
For more information about Bellway’s developments, visit www.bellway.co.uk and for more
information about the Rockets, visit www.cramlingtonrockets.co.uk
Pictured: Danny Gilroy aka ‘Bear’, Maxine Black sales advisor Bellway, Jill Robinson, sales director designate, Bellway