The Pumas are currently making preparations for the start of the 2014 season which kicks off in March and are recruiting boys and girls at all ages from 6 years upwards. Also, for anyone 16 years and over, the Pumas are looking to find new players for their 3 open age teams and Masters (over 35s) sides, all levels of experience welcome from absolute beginners to players who wish to compete on a social or regional level right up to the Pumas 1st team who will be competing in the National Conference again in 2014 having received a National Fairplay award for 2013, the Pumas are continuing to grow and improved and are looking for players with dedication, desire and enthusiasm to compete in top ruby action throughout the March to October Summer season. Finally, the Pumas are looking for girls from 12 years to 16 to compete in the North East Rugby League and women from 16 years plus to put the Womens team together and compete against teams from various parts of the country.
Peterlee Pumas won the National conference league fair play award last night in Huddersfield. A huge even was very well attended at the packed out Cedar Court Hotel.
The NCL is has strict rules with regards to discipline and large fines and suspensions are handed out to those who cross the line and the Peterlee outfit had to hold their discipline whilst still developing in learning in a very tough division.
Peterlee are currently looking to recruit more Men's team players for the start of the campaign in March 2014 to put a much stronger effort in having finished bottom this year in their debut season, the work has already begun and pre season starts proper in January..
A New weekly get active section for anyone who has relatively inactive, wanting to start doing something again that is tailored to their own needs and work at their own pace.
Starting Wednesday 25th September at 19:30, will include different levels and aspects of fitness from gentle individual programs building over the 12 weeks progressively. There will also be group activities, running games to make the sessions as fun as possible with full support from fully trained and experienced coaches. All are welcome but we are particularly looking to men and women who are 40 plus and have been inactive for a while however if you are younger and have also been inactiv this may be just the thing you need to get you going again. Alongside these sessions we will be running fun rugby running games for intermediate and
advanced athletes which people can swap over to when they fell ready.
The Pumas are strengthening off the field with a very a heavy hitter in John Bloomfield as Commercial Manager, John has formerly been involved with professional side Gateshead Thunder as a sponsor and had this to say about joining the Pumas, "I was initially quite surprised when the Pumas;contacted me for a chat about possibly managing commercial development of the club. After meeting with Thomas Hart and Rob Laverick I was really impressed with where the club is at moment, and as the Pumas are about to step up to the national stage for the first time, the potential for the club to move forward is enormous. I'm extremely pleased to have the opportunity to help out and hope I can have a real positive effect on moving the club forward."
Treasurer Rob Laverick said "John will a gigantic asset to the club, there are a lot of opportunities for local businesses and those from farther afield to get involved, we have access to great facilities thanks to the Town Council and we can promise a great match day experience to make any potential sponsors feel very welcome and enjoy the fast, hard hitting code of football called Rugby League. With it being world cup year in England at the end of the year there is going to be more Rugby and events than ever before and the sport should move on leaps and bounds as we hope and expect the Pumas to do over the coming seasons."
Coach Martin Flynn returns after 2 seasons to provide the much needed guidance to develop the team and has surrounded himself with a very strong coaching staff. Training sessions have been intense and the atmosphere is buzzing and a lot of work has been done despite the recent bad weather.
Peterlee are also continuing to grow their juniors, new teams for girls and boys of all ages with a new under 6 and 8's teams starting up as well as an under 12's girls team starting this season. The Pumas will also be running an A team in the North East Regional division and a merit league team to accommodate players wishing to try the game out or play on a more social level. If you are interested in taking part contact the Pumas on 07903731901 or contact us here.