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New opportunities for women’s rugby stars

(10 March 2020)

Darlington Mowden Park Sharks

Our women’s rugby stars will have extra opportunities to pursue a world-class education while competing at a national level, thanks to a new partnership with North East England’s leading club.

What’s the deal?

Since 2017, Darlington Mowden Park (DMP) have competed in the Premier 15s – the top level of women’s rugby in the UK.

A number of our student athletes have played for DMP and some of our performance support services have also been involved in the programme. 

Now, we’re planning to work together even more closely, forming DMP Durham Sharks.

The details…

The new partnership will mean that our female student rugby players can pursue their academic studies with us and have the chance to compete at the top levels of their sport.

For the Club, it means: extra investment; access to our Sports and Wellbeing Park; and support from our sport, medical, performance and strength and conditioning experts.

Next steps

Which clubs have been granted places in the Tyrrells Premier 15s league for the 2020/21 season will be announced shortly.

We plan to begin the new partnership this summer, ahead of the 2020/21 season beginning.

A proud sporting heritage

We have a long and proud history of excellence in women’s sport in general and women’s rugby in particular.

We have the largest rugby programme of any UK university and last year reached the final of the British University and Colleges Sports (BUCS) National Championships.

In the last few years, we’ve produced several players who have won international honours.