Northumbria University Sport has been widely involved with the delivery of community initiatives for many years, making both the development of students and engagement with the local community the primary focus.
In 2011 Team Northumbria teamed up with Brewin Dolphin, Team Northumbria Rugby Unions Official sponsor to deliver a Girl's Rugby Community Project.
The initial concept of the project was to provide high quality rugby coaching sessions for girls, offering a short term block of coaching to introduce beginners to the basic skills and techniques of the game without the worry of the physical contact through the use of Tag Rugby. Following consultation with the Northumberland RFU and the Northumberland Women’s and Girls’ steering group (NWAGs) the project emerged into a much more robust development initiative to support the current lack of provision within schools for girls beginning to play and the development of players at intermediate level to encourage progression into the county level structure. The link with the Northumberland RFU and NWAGs also highlighted potential ongoing and sustainable pathways for the project through the development of student-club partnerships for coaching and development roles for both the girls and junior forms of the game.