27 Mar 2024

Chris Thorman: Bridging Rugby Leagues and Bridging Communities in the North East

In the realms of rugby, few figures stand out as prominently as Chris Thorman.

In the realms of rugby, few figures stand out as prominently as Chris Thorman. His career trajectory has been nothing short of remarkable, bridging the gap between the NRL (National Rugby League) in Australia and Super League in the UK. However, beyond his accomplishments on the field, Thorman's impact transcends the game itself, especially in his native North East. As the region's sole representative to have graced both the NRL and Super League, Thorman now champions a cause close to his heart: rallying support for local rugby and community players and supporters to get behind his Thunder squad this saturday at Kingston Park.

As the North East's rugby ambassador, Chris Thorman understands the pivotal role that community support plays in the success of any club. With this in mind, he's calling upon the region to come together and bolster their local team. But it's not just about showing up on game day; it's about embracing the entire experience, from securing seats early to immersing in the vibrant atmosphere of the stadium.

One crucial aspect of supporting the local club is ensuring attendance at matches. Thorman emphasises the importance of arriving early to secure seats, not only for the best views but also to demonstrate solidarity with the team. Early entry not only guarantees prime seating but also allows fans to soak in the pre-game excitement and engage with fellow supporters.

Moreover, Thorman encourages fans to proudly display their allegiance by donning club merchandise. From jerseys to scarves, every item purchased not only showcases support but also contributes to the financial stability of the club. By investing in merchandise, fans directly support the team's operations and player development, ensuring a bright future for rugby in the North East.

The club will be offering exclusive access to the 1877 bar for our Platinum and Silver club members.  It's an opportunity for fans to mingle with the players and gain insight into the inner workings of the team. A pre-match interview with Chris Thorman adds a personal touch, allowing supporters to connect with a rugby icon on a deeper level.

Game days in the North East are more than just sporting events; they're community celebrations. With doors opening at 1:30 pm  there's ample time for fans to soak in the atmosphere, enjoy refreshments, and participate in pre-match festivities. Whether it's catching up with friends or making new acquaintances, match days are an occasion for the entire community to come together and revel in the spirit of rugby. Post-match the doors open to all wishing to engage in the post-match interview and meeting with the players. 

Chris Thorman's message is clear: the North East needs its community to rally behind its local club. By showing up, purchasing merchandise, and embracing the match-day experience, fans play a pivotal role in shaping the future of rugby in the region. With Thorman leading the charge, the North East can aspire to greater heights, both on and off the field, uniting communities. 

Newcastle Thunder v Workington Town KO 3pm, Saturday 30th March at Kingston Park. Cash and card payments will be taken at the turnstiles and merchandise stall, the bar is card only.