Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme
In 2010 the Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme was launched, an initiative that will introduce over 36,000 young people to the sport through tag rugby - with a little help from Saints stars like Courtney Lawes, Alex Waller and Ben Foden.
The scheme is run by Premiership Rugby and the 12 Aviva Premiership Rugby clubs up and down the country and is has involved 600 primary schools with 1,200 teachers also receiving training. 600 sets of equipment and resources have been distributed and 300,000 spectators have watched demonstration events.
The Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme is aimed at Key Stage 2 pupils aged 9 and 10 years. Each Premiership Rugby club works with two classes at 50 schools throughout the season.
The Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme involves a six week introduction to rugby:
Week 1-3: Skill development and learning the rules
Week 3-5: Skill development and team skills
Week 6: Festival
The tag rugby festival in week six will be the first taste of competitive rugby for many children and will allow schools that are new to rugby to participate in a fun tag rugby festival with schools of a similar standard. One school from each Premiership Rugby club region will qualify for the Finals at Twickenham on Aviva Premiership Rugby Final day where they will represent their Premiership Rugby club.
Something To Chew On
Premiership Rugby's Something to Chew On programme in association with The Supporters Club, BT Sport's charity initiative, is an interactive project aimed at teaching 7-8 year olds about their own health and well-being with a rugby focus.
According to government figures over a fifth of 4-5 year olds, one third of children aged 10-11 years old and two thirds of adults are currently overweight or obese. Obesity tends to track into adulthood, so obese children are more likely to be become obese adults. The government's national ambition to combat childhood obesity is a sustained downward trend in the level of excess weight in children by 2020.
Rugby as a game for all shapes and sizes makes it the perfect vehicle to drive a health and activity led initiative; as a sport rugby can offer playing opportunities and role models to children of all shapes and sizes.
The interactive programme takes a rounded approach to teaching children about leading a healthy lifestyle.
If you are interested in discussing how the Saints Community team can help provide educational support in your school, email us by CLICKING HERE or call 01604 599113.