Playing for Success (PfS) was created to build self-esteem and support learning in children, giving them the opportunity to learn new skills that they may not otherwise have had to the opportunity to do so, such as circus tricks, African drumming and interactive science.
PfS also includes sessions based on Shakespeare, behind-the-scenes tours of Franklin’s Gardens, and interviewing members of the Saints squad.
Each PfS block is celebrated with a special evening for staff, students and parents at Franklin’s Gardens, where youngsters get to show off some of the skills that they have learned and have their photo taken with the Saints’ Aviva Premiership and European Challenge Cup trophies, all in the company of Bernie the Dog.
Lucy, a member of staff at East Hunsbury Primary School, says that PfS is “an inclusive opportunity for mainstream pupils and our pupils in our specialist unit to come together and have new experiences.”
Meanwhile Sam, a volunteer who has recently joined the Study Centre’s mentoring team, says that working with youngsters is boosting his own self-assurance, adding: “I have built more confidence in my teaching, been given a really good experience and I have loved every minute of it. The children have learnt to work together as well as individually, and they’ve learnt skills they wouldn’t otherwise have done.”
The Saints Study Centre is based in a dedicated building on the Franklin’s Gardens site and its programmes use the unique setting and proximity to one of the country’s most successful rugby teams to inspire youngsters across a number of areas of the curriculum.
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