Cramlington Rockets

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Cramlington Rockets

Established 2000


Became Killingworth Rockets

Previously known as: Killingworth Rockets

Founders: Steve Beaty

Club colours and badge: Amber and Black

Current Home Venue: Eastfield PavilionEastfield Playing FieldsCramlingtonNorthumberlandNE23 2UA

Juniors: Under 16s, 14s, 12s, 10s, 8s, 6s


Initially, the club was the Killingworth Rockets ARLFC when it was formed by Steve Beaty in 2000 as a junior rugby league club. On the 8 September 2000, 12 lads turned out on the muddy field behind George Stephenson High School for Killingworth Rockets’ first ever training session. Less than a year later they took part in a knock-out tournament for teams from Scotland and the North East of England, winning the competition and taking the “Calcutta Cup. This was the first of four cup championships over the next few years, during which time nine of their players won county caps. By 2003, however, there were difficulties in recruiting news youths to fill the under-12s and under-11s as the original players grew up.

The year 2006 saw a turnaround in this trend when, under the direction now of Steven Beaty and his son Matthew Beaty, the under-11 team finished in second place in the North East Junior League and were runners-up in the North East cup. A 10-year development plan was put into place to ensure that the club would not encounter such difficulties in the future. That same year, the club took back-to-back North East Junior League titles, becoming the first ever team to do so.

In March 2009, the club both moved to a new location and took a new name, the Cramlington Rockets RLFC. The move from North Tyneside to Northumberland came due to big interest shown during coaching sessions in local schools. The move resulted in player numbers almost doubling and the Rockets expanded to include under-8, under-10 and under-12 teams.

Cramlington Rockets formed their first ever open-age side in 2010 and joined the RLC North East Division. Led by Andy Stanton, the team finished 6th in their first season. In the 2011 season the RLC North East was split into Premier and regional divisions, Cramlington will take part in the regional division.