RFU tries to convert businesses into new network members

England Rugby chief executive Ian Ritchie.
England Rugby chief executive Ian Ritchie.

Durham RFU’s new business network kicks off this week with two special speakers.

England Rugby chief executive Ian Ritchie will be joined by Steve Grainger MBE, the RFU’s rugby development director, at the business and education networking event.

The pair will give insight into their roles for the Rugby Football Union, the impact England hosting the World Cup had on the sport, and the legacy it has left behind.

Charles Thoburn, Durham County RFU’s activation and legacy representative, said: “There are 34 different rugby clubs in the Durham County area, which covers much of the North East, from south of the River Tyne to north of the River Tees.

“That is a huge area, containing thousands of businesses, schools and potential volunteers, so we have no doubt that the talent, interest and will is out there – it’s just a case of bringing it all together and enabling people to get involved.

“Rugby is an inclusive sport, where team spirit, discipline and strong values are at the heart of every game.

“We want to take those values and share them with the rest of the region and the business network is one way for us to do that.”

The network’s inaugural meeting will be held at Darlington Mowden Park Rugby Football Club, at The Northern Echo Arena in Darlington, between 11am and 2pm on Wednesday.

The business network is free to attend and is designed to bring North East organisations, including businesses, universities, colleges and schools, together with the rugby fraternity, with the aim of developing beneficial partnerships.

It is free to attend the networking event and a buffet lunch will be served.

To reserve your place, email Charles Thoburn at c.t.thoburn@btinternet.com

For more information about Durham County Rugby Football Union, go to www.durhamrugby.com