Northern extend support of Newcastle Thunder academy

Newcastle Thunder academy players from the wider region will see their journeys supported by Northern Rail in 2019, as the train operator remains on-board as a sponsor of the club’s academy teams.

Providing support to players in the Under 19 Academy, Northern’s sponsorship will include providing travel passes to these players to reach Kingston Park for their sessions and education.

Playing a vital role in the north of England by connecting tens of thousands of people to work, leisure, education and more every day, Northern are well placed to provide this service to the club’s young players.

With youngsters commuting from County Durham, Teesside and West Cumbria Northern’s services on the Durham and Cumbrian Coast lines along with their Tyne Valley services will enable those players to undertake their journeys fully subsidised.

Megan Atkinson, Marketing Coordinator at Northern said – ‘We are delighted to be supporting Newcastle Thunder for a second year. We work very closely with our local communities and helping the students at Newcastle Thunder Academy get to training is something that we are proud to support”

Jonathan Rees Head of Curriculum Performance – ‘The partnership that Newcastle Thunder has with Northern Rail has been very beneficial to some of our students. We run a unique programme out of Kingston Park Stadium which provides students with a high-quality education pathway alongside the opportunity to develop their Rugby League ability in a highly professional setting.

The programme has grown in size and quality over the past three years and the partnership with Northern Rail has made this more accessible for more learners from outside of the local area. The partnership has enabled students from as far as West Cumbria and Darlington to access the programme.

The impact of which has been huge on the learners with three learners from the academy making their first team debut in the 2018 season and in excess of 25 students progressing to university over the last two years.’

Jordan Robinson Newcastle Thunder General Manager – “ We are really pleased to have Northern Rail back on board as a sponsor, the support they provide the academy is essential and with our area and playing pool expanding every year it’s so important for the players to have the ability to travel into Kingston Park”