Rugby club tackles unhealthy lifestyles

by The Gateshead Housing Company & filed under News.

A community junior rugby league club has received funding from The Gateshead Housing Company’s Community Fund to encourage healthy lifestyles among young people.community_fund_gateshead_storm_rugby_fitness_october_2016_002

Gateshead Storm Community Rugby League Club, which is based in the Felling area of Gateshead, has been granted £4,350 for a 29-week programme of healthy lifestyle sessions at Gateshead Stadium on Friday evenings.

The sessions are targeted at young people aged 14-25 who are not actively involved in sport. Each session includes an hour of strength and conditioning training aimed at improving fitness levels and developing confidence, delivered by qualified staff.

The sessions also include an hour dedicated to healthy lifestyle education.

The club is one of many community projects to receive funding from The Community Fund. The fund offers cash and in-kind awards from £500 to £5,000 to groups that support people to overcome disadvantage, create stronger communities and make Gateshead an even better place to live.

Housing Manager Kevin Roberts, who went along to see a session in action, said: “The housing company is always keen to help local people get active.”

 “Regular exercise is essential to good health, and these sessions are a fun way of getting youngsters into that habit.”

To find out more about Gateshead Storm Rugby Club, email Rob Jones or call 0191 490 2359.

The Gateshead Housing Company Community Fund at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland is supported by Gateshead Council and Mears.

Since 2006, the Community Fund has awarded cash and in-kind grants totalling over £500,000 to more than 120 groups across Gateshead.

You can read more about the fund, and apply online, at

For more information, email Jon Goodwin or call 0191 222 0945.

Photograph attached: Kevin Roberts (centre) from The Gateshead Housing Company presents the Community Fund cheque at last Friday’s fitness session.