Premiership Rugby Programmes

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Aviva Tackling Numbers is an innovative and engaging programme for Key Stage 2 children, which makes learning about numbers fun, exciting and rewarding. Delivered by the 12 Premiership Rugby Clubs across England and available online, this rugby themed programme integrates interactive classroom maths sessions with practical, number-based rugby games. Rugby is used to deliver a range of numeracy challenges in a new and exciting way.

Moreover, by using rugby themed content that connects with real life experiences, Aviva Tackling Numbers puts in place foundations for financial literacy in later life. Aviva Tackling Numbers offers a new way to achieve the National Curriculum’s maths and Physical Education, citizenship and Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) outcomes.

So that children can progress at their own rate, this resource contains differentiated task levels and opportunities for assessment throughout.

The key aims of the project are to:
- Improve children’s confidence in their number skills
- Increase children’s appreciation of the importance of number skills
- Enhance children’s uptake and enjoyment of physical activity

About the pack

Aviva Tackling Numbers has been awarded the pfeg (Personal Finance Education Group) Quality Mark after being independently assessed by the UK’s leading financial education charity. To find out more visit

- This pack has been produced as an aid to delivering the Aviva Tackling Numbers Programme in your school
- It contains full lesson plans and resources for both the practical and classroom sessions of Aviva Tackling Numbers
- The pack is teacher friendly with diagrams, narrative and teaching points to ensure the whole class gets the most out of each session. The pack also covers moves, skills and suggested drills for the practical sessions that are broken down to help you get everyone involved

To download the Aviva Tackling Numbers resources please CLICK HERE

“Piloted between 2009 and 2011 in schools, Tackling Numbers is proven to catalyse improved numeracy skills and increased activity. With our partners Aviva, Premiership Rugby is excited to take Aviva Tackling Numbers into a new era.

“Aviva Tackling Numbers equips children with the confidence and skills to use maths in a practical way. It provides the foundations for children to manage their money well, now and in the future. Recognising this contribution to increasing financial literacy in the UK, Aviva Tackling Numbers has been awarded the Personal Finance Education Group (Pfeg) Quality Mark. We are proud to receive this seal of approval from the UK’s leading independent authority on financial education.” Wayne Morris, Community and Corporate Responsibility Director, Premiership Rugby

“Aviva already plays an active role in our communities and we’re extending this with our support of Tackling Numbers. This programme can help educate young people and prepare them for their future, where basic financial skills are a necessity.

“Aviva has a long history of working with grassroots sports, and this is a natural extension of the work we’ve been doing. Time and again we’ve seen the importance of understanding financial matters in adult life. Through our partnership with Premiership Rugby, we can help children to be more confident in maths and increase their enjoyment of numeracy, and build their money skills. We see this as an investment in their future financial security.” Heather Smith, Marketing Director, Aviva UK


Something To Chew On is an interactive project delivered in association with Public Health England and BT Sport’s The Supporters’ Club.

Rugby has always been a sport played by players of all shapes and sizes, and this diversity makes it the perfect vehicle to inspire 7 and 8-year-olds to improve their own health and well-being.

Today, almost 3-in-10 boys and girls aged between 2 and 15 are classed as either overweight or obese. If this trend continues then by 2025 40 percent of men and 36 percent of women could be obese.

Government figures show that poor health and obesity track from youth into adulthood, and Something To Chew On reflects Premiership Rugby’s commitment to supporting the national ambition to drive a downward trend in childhood obesity by 2020 and reduce the burden on the state’s healthcare system.

Something To Chew On sessions take a rounded approach to teaching children about leading a healthy lifestyle, with key aims including:

Improve young people’s understanding of what constitutes healthy eating and a healthy diet, as well as increasing knowledge of food safety

Increase young people’s uptake of physical activity, contributing towards the government’s Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines that all children and young people should engage in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity for at least an hour a day

Provide support and raise awareness among educators about the Food Standards Agency’s ‘Core Food Competences’ for children aged between 5 and 16

Delivering change that ensures all British children live healthy and active lifestyles requires an approach which can pass on information and inspiration to eat more healthily; tackles inactivity by promoting fundamentals of movement; and teams up with children, teachers, parents and professional sport to make changes in the long term.

“Premiership Rugby’s Something to Chew On healthy living programme does just that and we are very excited to partner with our sponsor The Supporters Club to deliver this programme. We are also grateful for the technical and advisory support of Public Health England.

“Learning how to choose, cook and eat safe, healthy food from a young age is an invaluable skill. By ensuring youngsters develop these important life skills and good habits early; we hope this will have a positive and lasting impact throughout their lives.” Wayne Morris, community and corporate responsibility director, Premiership Rugby

“Something to Chew On helps children to learn about nutrition, the importance of maintaining a healthy weight and being active as part of a healthy lifestyle. We have no doubts that children taking part in the programme will find learning these skills both fun and stimulating.” Professor Kevin Fenton, director of health and well-being, Public Health England

“The Supporters Club from BT Sport aims to build a better world by bringing people together through sport. Thanks to BT Sport customer donations, we are pleased to be partnering with Premiership Rugby to deliver a healthy eating programme, Something to Chew On, that helps children and their families in making the right decisions about health, exercise and food.” Pete Oliver, Managing Director, BT Consumer Commercial, Marketing and Digital 

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.