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titus_salt_after_schoolWe have vast experience of delivering with All School secondary schools through Yorkshire. All coaches delivering sessions with the school are minimum RFU Level 2 qualified and have completed the RFU ‘Rugby Union in Secondary Schools’ course. We have delivered sessions at multiple secondary schools, including Titus Salt School, Calder High School, Lightcliffe Academy, Parkside School, South Craven School, Beckfoot School and BBG.

A little bit about All Schools Rugby…

Rugby union is a game for All Schools – everyone can play it and every school can teach it. The All Schools programme has been developed by the RFU to increase the amount of rugby in schools, and to encourage new players to join local clubs. The All Schools programme aims to increase the number of secondary state schools playing rugby union.

From 2012 rugby has been taken into 750 state secondary schools with the aim of making school life happier and healthier, reducing anti-social behaviour, enhancing learning and increasing self-esteem for students. In partnership with the Rugby Football Foundation we will create a positive legacy for 1 million children through rugby and its core values.

Developing young people through an apprenticeship scheme

White Rose Rugby were one of the first organisations to confirm their involvement in the Coach Core Leeds apprenticeship programme having previously worked with Yorkshire Sport Foundation on other project. They have completely immersed themselves in developing young people through the apprenticeship scheme and have been nothing but open minded and willing to learn during every part of the process.

It is vital that the apprentices that are part of this project have the required support from the organisation that they are placed with. Phil, Dave and the rest of the team fully understand what it takes to nurture and mentor young people and go the extra mile. They provide the right environment for young people to learn and develop themselves and have proven that they can produced excellent young coaches.

White Rose Rugby and Yorkshire Sport Foundation have an extremely strong working relationship and this has only strengthened through this piece of work. They are always professional, reliable and approachable and have a great team that are always wanting and willing to get involved in new ideas.

Yorkshire Sport Foundation are looking forward to continuing work with White Rose Rugby, in particular seeing them return as part of the next Coach Core Leeds Apprenticeship programme.

Lauren Havercroft

The children (and teachers!!) are really sad that the coaching sessions have now come to an end. They have LOVED each session and both Ben and Tom have been amazing. The progression of skills for each session has been really evident and it’s been wonderful to see some of the children thriving. All of the sessions have been fun and engaging.

We have one boy who now wants to play thanks to Ben’s coaching. In the classroom, he is one of the lower ability children but he has shown a real talent for rugby so this is something that will really help his self-esteem and confidence.

Thank you so much and I hope that we can discuss having you in again next year!

Despite what a lot of people might think rugby is a fun game. For me as a teacher it is the most rewarding aspect of my professional life. You can instil so much to students through the game. It is a game that can be played on so many levels and enjoyed by many different types of students. Without rugby my teaching life and my personal life would not be as fulfilled as it is now.

Brighouse High has been fortunate enough to be part of the all schools rugby programme for the last three years. This programme has supported the school in providing training for staff to develop their skills and knowledge of the game so that rugby is now a regular fixed part of key stage 3 and 4 PE curriculum for boys and girls. The WRSRS festivals and fixtures provide the school with an excellent opportunity to compete on a regular basis and allows our pupils the opportunity to build their confidence and Rugby skills. Many of our pupils have not experienced the game other than in school and we have found that through our involvement in the All schools programme and been part of the WRSRS more and more are continuing to play outside of school at our local Rugby Clubs. The pupils of Brighouse have gained a better understanding not just of the game but also of the core values and it is these core values that have allowed the pupils to develop and thrive not only as performers but as young adults.

Rugby union is a wonderful component to have in your curriculum and extra curricular programme as it really brings to life morals and values which are essential for all young people to have. The discipline and respect displayed in their rugby lives can be replicated in their everyday lives making them positive role models for their peers and being fine upstanding citizens in their local communities.

Playing rugby allows our pupils to develop their sporting skills, as well as key life skills such as confidence and self belief, and the feeling of being part of team. Pupils enjoy being challenged, and take pride in both the game, and in representing their school. The White Rose Festival has allowed our teams to take part in regular competitions, against a range of teams. They are well organised and give pupils the best experience of Yorkshire rugby.

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