By Steve Richardson
September 20 2004
The Newcastle Falcons Supporters Club is open to all rugby enthusiasts, but particularly those who support the Newcastle Falcons.
While most live in the North East we also have members in Ireland, France, South Africa, Crete and even New Zealand. They range in age from babes in arms to senior citizens - and this is by no means an exclusively male preserve. Indeed, we have a lady Chairwoman and we are very much family focused.
Members of the Supporters Club can enjoy the following:
Regular update emails. Regular social events, including Talk Ins with players and staff. Reduced-rate travel to away games on the Supporters Club coach. 10% off meals purchased in Due Dieci Italian Restaurant on production of a current Supporters Club Membership Card. "Members Only" area of our website
www.newcastlefalconssupportersclub.co.uk Membership costs £10 a year for adults, £5 for those under 16 or a family membership consisting of two adults and 2 juniors (under 16years) living at the same address, for £15.
You can JOIN ONLINE by visiting www.newcastlefalconssupportersclub.co.uk
We hope to produce 3 Reviews per year ourselves. These Reviews look back at the Supporters Club events over the preceding 4 months and will be posted on the website in the "Members Only" area. If you have anything you would like to see in the Review (your photographs and/or stories from socials or matches) please contact our Chairwoman/Secretary, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Supporters Club organizes regular social events for Members. These range from Talk-Ins (with players, coaches, referees and women's rugby players), and to which admission is free to members. We also arrange quizzes, Christmas party nights, fancy dress parties, theme evenings and a lot of different social events which cater for most of our members. Many of these events are held at Kingston Park, and most events will see guest appearances by the players and coaching staff. Full details will be emailed around to all of our members in advance, and further details of any forthcoming events can also be found on our website www.newcastlefalconssupportersclub.co.uk
Away Travel Arrangements
An important role of the Supporters Club is to assist those supporters who wish to travel to away fixtures and support the Falcons. Normally this involves coach travel, with coaches departing from Kingston Park on the day of a match and returning after the match. Whilst most people join at Kingston Park, we also arrange pick-ups at various points (Gateshead Interchange, Washington Services, Scotch Corner) along the route, by prior arrangement. The exact arrangements (departure times/return times etc) will vary for each trip and will be publicized on the Supporters Club website, by email to Supporters Club members and the Travelling Falcons Forum at www.rugbynetwork.net/boards/list/s95.htm?1334.
We have also introduced a facility to book on-line for away travel on the website www.newcastlefalconssupportersclub.co.uk
Coach trips are enjoyable occasions and a great way to meet other Falcons supporters. European Travel We usually travel away to the European games. If you would like to come along and be part of the European travelling Falcons, which is always a great laugh and a fantastic few days away, please contact Margaret who will give you information on packages or should you wish to make your own way, flights and hotels for the varying locations. email@example.com
Supporters Club members are entitled to a 10% discount on meals purchased in Due Dieci on non-match days. Discounted price for away game coach travel. In addition to discounted coach travel, we have introduced for the 2010/2011 season a "travel to 4 games on the Supporters Club coach, and get the 5th coach travel free".
Player of the Month / Year Awards.
All Members of the Supporters Club are eligible to vote for the Player of the Month and Player of the Season awards. Each month, Members are invited to vote for the Player who has made an impression on them over the past month. When the votes are counted, the Player with the most votes is awarded Player of the Month. Those Members who voted for that particular player are then entered into a draw - one lucky winner gets the opportunity to present the award to the winning player in the West Stand following a home match.
The Supporters Club are sponsoring two this year. One is 1st team player, Grant Shiells, and the other is our very own Flash the Falcon. Grant and Flash will be making appearances at our socials over the coming season.
Liaison with the Club
The Supporters Club has monthly meetings with representatives from Newcastle Falcons to encourage healthy relations between the two organisations. We work closely with the Newcastle Falcons and the Falcons Community Foundation.
Want more information?
There are a number of ways that you can keep up-to-date with details of Supporters Club events and activities. The Supporters Club's website www.newcastlefalconssupportersclub.co.uk where news items, information on future social events and details of away travel can be found. Look out also for our Flyers passed out at home games, the Supporters Club Table in the bars beneath the South Stand and the West Stand and our regular page in the Falcons match day programme.
Finally … your Committee Members for the 2010 / 2011 season are:
Chairwoman/Secretary: Margaret Smithurst (who can also be found in the Ticket Office prior to kick off at home games if you have any queries)
Treasurer: Kevin Nergaard
Social Events Coordinators:
Stef Walter and Julia Bradley
Membership: Helen Roberts
Away travel: Steve Richardson
We can usually be found at the Supporters Club Tables in the South Stand or West Stand prior to or following home games - please come and chat with us if you want to know about any of our activities or if you have ideas for future events.