The Key and Durham County RFU Networking night

The following information may be of interest to you and your clubs!

Dear Club Volunteer Coordinators, the following may be of interest to you. 

To explain in more detail, we have arranged 4 meetings around DCRFU for Greg Newbrook of the Key to update you and your club on how the KEY can be of benefit you and your volunteers. It would be appreciated if the club volunteer coordinator and a leading Youth volunteer attends the meetings designated within your area.  You are welcome to attend other meetings if convenient. 

Please advise your attendance by return to Erin at

All meetings will be 6:30pm meet for a 7pm start and last approx 1hr with light refreshments. The meetings will be held at:

  • for North Clubs on Wednesday 12th June @ Tyne and Wear Sport, Parsons House, Parsons Road, Washington NE37 1EZ
  • for Mid Clubs on Tuesday 11th June @ Houghton RFC, Dairy Lane, Houghton DH4 5BH on
  • for South East Clubs on Thursday 13th June @ Darlington RFC, Blackwell Meadows, Grange Road, Darlington, DL15NR
  • for South West Club on Monday 17th June @ TBC

The background information on The Key and how Rugby clubs and schools can benefit. 

Any youth organisation working with young people between the ages of 11-25 can access The Key. 

The Key work’s with youth organisations to assist young people aged 11-25 to think, plan, do and review their very own project ideas and therefore help them to develop 12 Key Skills (including communication, problem solving, making decisions and more). Groups of young people can do The Key 4 times, (1st £250, 2nd £500, 3rd £1000, 4th £2000)The top two projects (£1 & £2k,) require some community benefit, but the young people can define their community.

The youth led project ideas are funded by The Key, allowing young people to bring their ideas and dreams to life. This Framework, which helps young people to discover what they’re capable of by encouraging them to explore their own ideas and passions, has impacted on the lives of over 9,000 young people across the North East, Cumbria and North Yorkshire over the last three years.

It sees young people work together in little teams with the support of a trained Key Facilitator (youth worker trained to deliver The Key Framework). Using their individuality, curiosity and imaginations to; dream-up, plan, budget, pitch (to panel), deliver and evaluate their very own project ideas.

The projects they plan may be ambitious (planning a community wide oriental festival) or simple (organising a trip to the cinema). Either way they must be entirely youth-led.

With the only limits being that the young people’s project have to be safe and legal the opportunities for what the young people can plan is endless.

The Key is always looking for more young people to benefit from our framework. 

For more information go to

If this is of interest to you please contact:
Greg Newbrook
Fundraising and Project Co-ordinator
Tel: 0191 731 7835

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