Thunder Community Project The Thunder Community Programme has now been in existence for over two years, focusing mainly on the development of rugby league and associated formats across the North East. Its’ aim is to develop and help co-ordinate rugby league grassroots development in the area across a variety of strands, with co-captain Rhys Clarke and Rob Jones leading on the delivery. The Thunder Community Project sits as part of the wider Newcastle Rugby Foundation, which aims to motivate, educate and inspire via the power of sport. The work undertaken by the Foundation sees both the Newcastle Thunder Community Project and Falcons Community Foundation work across five pillars of activity: club development, grassroots sports, health, social inclusion and education over a wide range of programmes. In September 2017 Thunder’s community project was named Foundation of the Year at the Kingstone Press Championship & League 1 end of season awards, following a year where their work had saw over 600 hours of coaching provided to over 3,000 individuals for many of whom, this was their first introduction to the sport. Those introduction not only contributed to a rise in attendances at Thunder home games, but also in participation numbers in the grassroots game. For more information about the Thunder Community Project or the Newcastle Rugby Foundation, click here for the contact details of the relevant members of staff..