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White Rose Rugby’s aim is to create the opportunity for all to try rugby and experience the many benefits of the sport. Benefits on and off the field. We have a vast experience delivering rugby to a large range of participants in various focus communities.

Since White Rose Rugby started delivering sessions within the community we have had the pleasure of working all over the county. Creating the opportunity for thousands of participants of different genders, ethnicity, ages and sporting ability to take part within rugby.
We have created this map to show you the majority of the locations of schools, colleges and other locations in which we have delivered rugby. We hope that this continues to grow throughout the future, to create the opportunity for more participants to get involved.

We have created the page below to show you some of the case studies from our various sessions. Each of the case studies provide information about the delivery and some of the positive outcomes from each session.
Firstly, we have provided some information regarding the type of sessions we have delivered and our current work strands:

Change Through Rugby

White Rose Rugby have been funded by Yorkshire Sport Foundation and North Yorkshire Sport foundation to deliver Change Through Rugby sessions. Our Change Through Rugby sessions are delivered to target groups such as Girl’s, Minority groups or SEN and mixed ability sessions. We deliver the sessions within many focus communities and areas across the county.

SEN and Mixed ability

At White Rose Rugby all of our coaches specialise in SEN and Mixed ability sessions. We have created session plans tailored to all needs and have massive success within all of our SEN and mixed ability sessions.
We work closely with IMAS and various SEN centre’s across West Yorkshire. We also have some of the team members from The Bumbles mixed ability rugby team within our coaching team who aid with all of our mixed ability and SEN sessions. A large amount of our SEN and Mixed ability sessions are a part of the Change through Rugby project, but we also deliver work on behalf of IMAS and links we have created within schools and centres.

PRU and Behavioural sessions

Over the past two years we have began to deliver more and more sessions too Pupil Referral units/schools as well as behavioural groups within schools. We firmly believe the use of Core values and creating an opportunity for sport with these groups often leads to success.
This success can vary from a student getting involved, making new friends, improving behaviour or transitioning to grass root rugby. This type of work fit into our Change Through Rugby project.

Primary School Delivery

At White Rose Rugby we create the opportunity for primary schools to take part in rugby. This is either by sessions directly with schools or working with local rugby clubs to deliver sessions within various primary schools within their area, to help promote the rugby club.
We also run mega-festivals with the RFU community team and summer holiday camps to help the younger ages keep involved in rugby.

HMYOI Wetherby Prison

For the past two years we have had coaches delivering sessions to those within the young offenders institute. These sessions are provided as a treat and to also show how the core values of our sport can help in day to day life. We focus the sessions largely on enjoyment but also create the opportunity for the participants to take part in cpd’s on various aspects of our sport. Helping to create a l;earning environment too.

Thank you so much to the coaches for the sessions! All the students really enjoyed themselves and the coaches were great with the students. I am very much looking forward to the upcoming sessions.

Katie Thompson

The students said that they really enjoyed working with you and your coaches. They learnt a lot about rugby and enjoyed playing all the games. They felt much more confident about playing the game after you’d been and would really like to play more if at all possible.

Bridget Slater

‘White Rose Rugby delivered a 6 week rugby union session for our Bridge Builder students. All students within this group have additional needs and the majority have Education Health Care Plans in place.  The White Rose coaches were excellent from the very first session, quickly establishing the needs of the group and adapting accordingly. Rugby ability level within the group at the start was low, with the majority having never participated before. As the weeks progressed the change in ability was clear to see, this is testament to the coaching undertaken. Cohesion within the group was enhanced from week 1 to week 6 this cohesion was also notable within the classroom post the end of the sessions. Overall the sessions were very well received and enjoyed by all who participated.’

Kathryn Towler

White Rose Rugby have had an immense impact on the opportunities available to our students. Their hard work has enabled an increasingly large number of our students to enjoy additional rugby sessions in a highly motivating, engaging and safe environment.

Our students have enjoyed developing their skills and playing competitively against other schools and as a result and are now hooked. I cannot recommend White Rose Rugby enough and I thank the team for their continued hard work with our young people.

Jacob Rollinson

Our link up with White Rose Rugby has been a really good move for the club and its development. Since WRR started going into the local schools delivering their curriculum based courses we’ve been able to secure many transitions from the schools to club rugby.

The professional coaching ability ensure that kids have lots of fun as well as learn the basic core skills of the game. Their continued support at school festivals has led to our club hosting many regional schools festivals, which has again led to further transitions. Dave and Phil are always on hand to give advise on how best to operate and on the back of some advise at our very first meeting we started running 02 Touch Rugby sessions at the club – this now has on average 40 people attending and has seen past players both young and old returning to the club as well as encouraging parents to get involved too.

Matt Fell

The White Rose Schools Rugby Series is a great way of playing little central venue fixtures against local opposition for the benefit and development of young players. The Festival of rugby and the finals days have been immensely well organised and maximised enjoyment for all schools, staff and players.

Adam Faulkner

The White Rose Rugby coaching team have been immense in generating rugby interest in our girls at school. These coaching sessions are well organised and delivered at the right level for both experienced rugby girls and those trying a new sport for the first time. The White Rose Rugby team have also been inspirational in securing funding to allow the girls to access transport to the coaching sessions as these were off the school site. Top work.


Adam Faulker

“The White Rose Schools Rugby Series has hugely influenced the amount of school rugby being played across Yorkshire. The Series has provided opportunities for both All Schools and non-traditional rugby playing schools to play the game regularly, in a safe, fun & development focused environment. Through White Rose organising the Series, RFU staff have been able to focus on the transition of school rugby players to club rugby, which has sustained and grown teams across Yorkshire. The relaxed approach at festivals allows members of staff to build connections with other schools, which has resulted in staff now organising stand-alone fixtures against suitable opposition. The Day of Rugby is a personal highlight of mine, which encapsulates everything that is great about our game, again focussing on development and the Core Values. It has been a pleasure working with the team at White Rose, and I am looking forward to collaborating further with them in the future, growing the game of rugby.”

Andy Fradgley

I would like to thank you for delivering the rugby sessions the staff and children have loved them and have really appreciated it, we now have a number of children who have taken part in the sessions asking if they can have a rugby ball at break times and have developed a real interest. Thanks again for the sessions they have been fantastic.

Adam Smith

The rugby coaching has been great for our students, it has encouraged team work along with building friendships.

Some of our students struggle with competition, particularly if they do not win. The coaching has enabled students to show encouragement to the other team whether they are winning or not.

All of our students have enjoyed the coaching and they ask when the next session is on as they are so excited to play again.

Corrina Newell

The coaching is of a superb quality and meets the needs of the skills based curriculum. The coaches expertise has helped up skill our  teachers as well as provide children with a fantastic experience of rugby in their PE sessions. I couldn’t recommend them more highly!

Ben Cunliffe

dscf2124The White Rose Rugby coaches came into Trinity All Saints Primary School to coach last academic year upon recommendation from our receptionist – her sons are taught outside of school by one of the coaches. White Rose Rugby came came to coach a six week block of tag rugby with the year 5 children in preparation for the tag rugby festival, as well as delivering after school clubs for key stage 2.

Throughout White rose Rugby’s time at our school the coaches were always punctual and came prepared with all their own equipment. The coach’s manor and behaviour management with the children was great and they were all inspired to play more rugby. In addition to teaching the children I (school P.E teacher ) learnt numerous new skills and rugby specific warm up and development games from the team, which I use with the other year groups.

Overall, White Rose Rugby has been the most reliable and professional coach we have had since I joined the school. Finances permitting I will be asking him back this year to coach the children for the upcoming tag rugby tournament.

Claire Millbank – P.E specialist, Trinity All Saints Primary

Claire Millbank

martyn_redhead_titus_salt“If you need someone to inspire your students in a fun, safe and engaging environment, I would look no further than White Rose Rugby and the influence they have had at Titus Salt School with our Rugby Union Programme. Robbie Hill, our coach, has been a leading force in creating a huge interest in rugby during curriculum lessons as well as his commitment and involvement in extracurricular clubs for both the girls and boys.

As a P.E. Teacher I would not hesitate in recommending White Rose Rugby to help support and develop the Rugby provision at your school.”

Martyn Redhead, Head of Sixth Form/ P.E. Teacher
Titus Salt School

Martyn Redhead
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