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.
Kick Smoking Into Touch
In February 2010, Kick Smoking Into Touch was named 'Health Programme of the Year' at the All-Party Parliamentary Rugby Union Citizenship awards.
The panel that made the decision included experienced community investors such as The Big Lottery Fund, the Drinkaware Trust, Food Standards Agency, Astra Zeneca and the NSPCC. They commended the programme for its sustainability and innovation, and for how it both focused on the target audience of Year 5 and 6 students as well as the whole family.
Kick Smoking Into Touch is an excellent example of how Northampton Saints benefits the whole county, not just Northampton itself. Thanks to the support and partnerships of the Borough Council of Wellingborough, Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service and Northamptonshire Smokefree Alliance, the club's community team has been able to deliver Kick Smoking Into Touch into Wellingborough primary schools for six years.
Kick Smoking Into Touch enables young people to make an informed choice about smoking and promotes healthier lifestyles for their parents, too. There are a range of prizes on offer for outstanding students, including tickets for a Saints match at Franklin's Gardens, where they show off their work at half-time, and the programme is supported by visits by Saints players to the schools taking part.
Tackling Numbers is an award winning interactive numeracy programme for young children. The programme is developed and delivered by Premiership Rugby in partnership with MBNA. This five week programme aims to teach 8-9 year olds the importance of number skills in everyday life.
The rugby-themed programme is delivered in schools by representatives from all 12 Premiership Rugby clubs, through both classroom sessions and practical number-based rugby games. This innovative and engaging programme makes learning about numbers fun, exciting and rewarding, inspiring children to both improve their numeracy skills and their physical health.
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.