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BiG project update PDF Print E-mail
Written by Malcolm Stokoe   
Tuesday, 21 April 2015 21:14

There has been quite a gap since my last update for which I apologise but I now have good, positive news.

We are now in receipt of the formal letter of intent from Newcastle City stating that they are working with (and working only with) Gosforth Sports Association towards a long term lease/asset transfer of the Broadway West Sports Ground and Pavilion. This is a VERY important step as it allows us to progress with grant applications to fund the work that needs to be done, albeit that we won't get any funds until the lease is actually in place.

We now await the head if terms of the lease from the City's legal department. We are all working towards a resolution no later than July 2015.

In the period since my last update we have not been idle. Gosforth Sports Association Ltd., the operating company for the facility and the holder of the lease has been formed. A professional fundraiser has been engaged and, following his initial ideas and submissions to us, is now working on actual grant applications. We also commissioned a specialist agronomy company to complete a survey and review of the current playing surfaces along with their recommendations of the work that will need to be carried out to meet our long term playing objectives. In addition, we have progressed our car park plans through to architectural drawings, ready for submission for planning approval.

We now move on to the next steps: formal planning approval for our initial requirements of the change of use of the flat into an extended club room, the new car park and the provision of training lights. Plus finalising the work needed to the playing areas and raising the daunting amounts of money we will need to deliver these objectives. In addition, we work to get the details of the lease agreed and signed off with the City. We are not there yet but the finishing line is getting nearer!

Thank you to all those who have helped get us to this stage and to the growing number of people offering their skills and labour going forward - we will be taking up your kind offers!

Lastly, our club dinner is on Friday May 1st. at the TA Centre on the Airport Industrial Estate. If you have not got your ticket/s yet then do so now as, due to security, only those who have bought their tickets before next week will be able to attend. Contact Pete Cowey for tickets.

Forth to the field,

Keith Gibson
Gosforth RFC

Awards evening PDF Print E-mail
Written by Malcolm Stokoe   
Thursday, 02 April 2015 17:50

ALL members (and friends) are invited to attend our Annual Awards Dinner!! It will take place at the Territorial Headquarters in Kingston Park Ind Est on Friday 1st May at 7PM onwards.Tickets MUST be bought beforehand from Lawrence Reid or Pete Cowey at £20 a head. See Lawrence's notice below:

Gosforth RFC, Annual Players' Dinner

to be held at the TA Centre Joint Messes, Airport Industrial Estate, Kingston Park

On Friday, 1st May, at 1930 hrs.

Price is £ 20.00 per person.

All profits from the evening will go to our BiG (Back in Gosforth) project funding.

Although traditionally called the Players' Dinner, this is an event for all members and friends of the club along with their partners, family and friends.  The function is open to all members from the U-17 group upwards.

The evening will comprise of a 3-course meal with after-dinner presentation of the season's major awards to both the players and also club members who have 'nobly served the cause'.  A few words will be spoken, but the emphasis will be on shortness and humour ! (which probably rules out Mr. Cowey).  There will be a raffle, possibly an auction and certain, reasonably restrained games (e.g. slide to bottle etc.) will be staged for those who wish to indulge.

There is a very competitively priced bar for the night, and wine will be available to purchase by the bottle for the table.  With this in mind any temptation to import one's own drink must be resisted on pain of being asked to leave the function.

The meal will comprise a soup, main course and a pudding. Vegetarians can be catered for, but please state requirement on buying ticket. Other food needs can also be covered, however please check with Pete Cowey on 07771 85 75 74 before buying a ticket. It is important to note that: a) Entry, due to necessary Security reasons, will be by pre-purchased ticket only. b) The dress code is relatively formal, i.e. Suits or Jackets / Blazers & Slacks, Collar and Tie (NO Jeans or Trainers) for the gentlemen and the ladies - as beautiful as ever. Tickets will be on sale from this weekend onwards. Note that as there is an upper limit on numbers, please buy early to avoid disappointment!

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 April 2015 18:03
International tickets PDF Print E-mail
Written by Malcolm Stokoe   
Friday, 27 March 2015 13:24

Applications are welcome for the following:

" The RFU have invited Club applications for match tickets for the QBE Internationals England v France Saturday 15th August 2015 Kick-Off 20.00 hours and England v Ireland Saturday 5th September 2015 Kick- Off 14.30 hours.

Ticket Prices

Category 1

Adult £85.00; Juniors £42.50

Category 2

Adult £72.00; Juniors £36.00

Category 3

Adult £62.00; Juniors £31.00

Please note that in order to apply for tickets you must be a fully paid up member of the Club. The tickets are NOT sold on a sale or return basis the RFU will not guarantee the Club ticket application will be made in full.


Closing date for ticket applications Thursday 23rd April 2015."

Club members wishing to apply for tickets should send an application stating which game, number and category of tickets plus a cheque for the full amount made payable to Gosforth RFC to




Phil Levinson
15 Polwarth Crescent
Brunton Park
Last Updated on Friday, 27 March 2015 14:09
week thirty PDF Print E-mail
Written by Malcolm Stokoe   
Thursday, 19 March 2015 18:10

Last Saturday saw the 1sts last game of the season at Sunderland. Our hard-earned 31-14 victory saw us finish in 8th position. There is one more game, however, with the Falcons due to play at Ashington next Saturday. KO is 3pm. In the meantime, we have the annual Hilton Placekicking Comp at B'stds on Tuesday (6.45pm start) with Matty Black due to defend his title (Joe Woodhams is certain of his winning the event!!)

Last Updated on Sunday, 19 April 2015 14:26
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