March 5, 2021

Old Boy update – David Cook (2005-2012)

Mr Hogarth caught up recently with David Cook, who left NSB in 2012. You can find out below from David what he’s been up to since leaving and how NSB has shaped his career.
Sport defines my time at Newcastle School for Boys.  Some of my fondest memories at the School are either on the rugby fields at Northern, in the middle at South North or on the astroturf at breaktime. 
Since leaving NSB, I focused on rugby with a clear ambition to play to a National League standard. 
At university, I was able to work my way into the performance squad, which meant I had the opportunity to be involved in the first ever season of ‘BUCS Super Rugby’ – a streamed competition with the best university sides in the country. This was a steep learning curve, but a fantastic experience playing with and against players who have since gone on to represent their countries and some of the fastest rugby I will ever play. 
I then went on to represent Northumberland County U20s in a team that went all the way to Twickenham, losing out to Yorkshire in the final of the County Championship. Other than hitting Mr. Hogarth over the houses at South North (twice!) during the 2019 OBs cricket match, running out with my best mates at rugby HQ must be my most memorable sporting moment to date. 
I ended up playing two seasons of National League Rugby with Tynedale RFC before sustaining three nasty concussions in a short timeframe. Adding to five previous head injuries and symptoms becoming increasingly severe, I had to undertake further cognitive screening. Upon which, I was advised to stop playing contact sports with immediate effect.  
Whilst I’ve found it difficult transitioning away from rugby, it’s given me the opportunity to try other sports and most importantly, get back into cricket. Recently, I joined NEPL side Newcastle CC and am looking forward to getting back into the middle. Perhaps a few net sessions with Mr. Harris are needed. 
Career wise, I’ve tried my best to combine my two great passions for travel and sport. Since graduating with a 1st class degree in Business Studies, I’ve gone on to study further with the Chartered Institute of Marketing and have secured a position in a marketing and communications role within a sporting travel enterprise. The nature of the industry has enabled me to travel extensively, allowing me to fulfil many personal and professional ambitions. Being over in Japan for the 2019 Rugby World Cup was certainly a major highlight. 
From my travels, I’ve learned that sport is a language spoken anywhere in the world and it has helped me to connect with people from all backgrounds and make mates in the most unlikely scenarios.