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Wasps Independent Schools Rugby Programme

Wasps offer a full programme of activity and support for Independent Schools

Wasps are committed to developing rugby in Independent Schools throughout the South East of England, with the majority of our work being in Buckinghamshire, East Berkshire, Middlesex and Oxfordshire.

Our Independent Schools Rugby Programme consists of a flexible programme of activity for schools in the Independent Sector to receive coaching and rugby development opportunities that include:

All of the Wasps coaches are RFU Qualified and hold a CBR or DBS Enhanced Disclosure.

Our coaching aims to to provide health and social benefits for boys and girls:

  • Physical development - using healthy and enjoyable exercise to tackle the rise of obesity in children and adults
  • Skill development - helping children and adults improve performance levels, educational attainment and lifelong learning
  • Social development - using team games, co-operative skills and fair play
  • Mental development - establishing and reinforcing confidence, self esteem and well being of children and adults

Schools should be prepared to offer either funded or part-funded sessions to become involved in this initiative. Coaching delivery will concentrate on the development of core skills through enjoyable activity; promoting participation in grass roots rugby and support for Wasps.

Our local Community Partner rugby clubs will be utilised as 'pathways' for participating children to continue their rugby playing careers during out of school time.

Bespoke In or Pre-season Coaching sessions

Our programme of In or Pre-Season coaching sessions brings all the professionalism of Wasps' training sessions to your school, and will be designed to align themselves with your team's needs and style of play.

Using up-to-date techniques and coaching methods, our coaching involves the development of athletic performance, core rugby skills, game understanding and decision-making. We offer specialist sessions on unit techniques such as Scrum, Lineout, Restart, Back play and Counter-attack, and individual techniques such as Kicking and Lineout throwing.

All techniques are then performed in game situations to apply progressive pressure (competition, space & time) with the aim of developing the team or player's ability to perform techniques consistently under pressure (skill).

After receiving coaching through the Wasps Independent Schools Rugby Programme, Mr Lewis from Thorpe House School, Gerrards Cross emailed to say: "Many thanks for the sessions that you ran. All the boys really enjoyed it, they had fun and learnt something. They were also active and occupied with lots of game type activities. The sessions were the best we have experienced from an outside agency/club coming in."

Classroom Sessions

The Wasps Community Team is experienced in designing and running classroom based sessions on the following subjects:

  • Alcohol Awareness
  • Anti-Bullying
  • Goal Setting & Achievement
  • Leadership
  • Numeracy
  • Nutrition & Hydration
  • Seven Habits of Highly Effective Athletes

We can also develop classroom sessions that are bespoke to you, and meet your school's, students or teacher's needs.

All of Wasps' classroom sessions are delivered by staff who are experienced in creating a positive and rewarding environment that is designed to cater for the three common learning styles (visual, auditory and kinesthetic).

The sessions provide enjoyable opportunities for your young people to be involved in relevant learner-centred practices that help to develop knowledge and understanding of the subject.

Extra-curricular coaching

We offer schools the chance to host an After School Rugby Club, which is run by a coach from the Wasps Community Team. There will be a coach to pupil ratio of no more than 1 to 15. Our After School, Breakfast or Lunch Time Rugby Clubs typically run for a 5 or 6-week period, spanning one school half term. We can however offer extra curricular clubs over a longer or shorter time frame to suit the school's needs.

The Extra-curricular coaching will be designed to meet the needs of your school. We can deliver a programme of Tag, Contact Rugby or Introduction to Contact Rugby sessions. If you school requires, we can run some position specific coaching

All of our coaches are experienced in creating a player-centred learning environment, and where possible coach through games following the Whole-Part-Whole method of coaching, which is encouraged by the RFU.

Festival and Tournament Support

An integral part of the Wasps Independent Schools Programme, our festival support initiatives see Wasps Community Coaches supporting teams at festival and tournament events and Community referee's officiating some or all of the games.

Wasps can also provide balls for festivals and tournaments, prizes and in some instances* Wasps players to help with the event presentations.

Festival and tournament events for younger age groups can also be supported with the presence of Wasps character mascot Sting*.

After hosting our referee's at their annual Autumn festival in 2013, Mr Hutchings from Davenies School, Beaconsfield, told us: "The refs looked the business and very professional in the same kit. All of the games were well reffed, and the Wasps referee's built excellent rapport with the players."

*whether a Player or Sting is organised for a festival depends on several factors, including location and the level of engagement that the host school or organisation has had with Wasps.

Holiday Coachclass

Coachclass is Wasps' internationally recognised programme of Holiday Coaching courses. Supported by Premiership Rugby Camps, and sponsored by BRITA, Wasps Coachclass is a programme available to players and schools of all levels of ability where we look to educate, motivate and inspire young people to reach their full potential.

The programme is available to players from the age of six through to seventeen with the aim to develop players' core skills and game understanding in a safe, purposeful, enjoyable and challenging environment.

We can organise bespoke pre or in-season Coachclass events specifically for your school, or if you are willing to open your doors to your wider community we can run an open Coachclass at your venue. Coachclass events can be anything from 1 to 5 days long.

More details about the Wasps Coachclass programme, sponsored by BRITA, please Click Here.

Following the Wasps Coachclass at The Hawthorns School, one of the participant's parents emailed to say; "Just a quick note to say thanks so much for last week - Tristan loved every minute and he can't wait to get playing at school. He hadn't played for about a year so it really was well timed. He watched the England game on Saturday and is turning into a rugby nut. I hope you run a Coachclass next half term as it is certainly beneficial to all."

Wasps Lifestyle Assemblies

Let Wasps engage with your students during a guest assembly visit through our themed lifestyle assembly or a bespoke assembly to suit your needs. Our themed assemblies, which can last between 10 and 20-minutes, are based on:

  • Active and Healthy Lifestyles - promotes the importance of staying active, keeping fit and leading a healthy lifestyle
  • Goal Setting & Achievement - outlines how to set and monitor effective goals, and recognises those who have achieved a previously set goal
  • Nutrition & Hydration - Wasps and BRITA combine to talk about the importance of hydration
  • The Wasps Assembly - promotes the values of Wasps – Determination, Teamwork and the pursuit of Excellence

Alternatively we can run an assembly on a subject that is specific to the school's needs

Matchday Events

There are a variety of ways for you to become involved in the Wasps Matchday experience. Whether you would like to visit as a school group and watch a Wasps home game, or do more with us, such as take part in a Matchday Coachclass, Matchday Junior Press Club or Matchday Tag Rugby Challenge, we will be more than happy to host you.

Click here for more information about how you can get involved with our matchday activities.

Teacher and Coach Education Workshops

Coaching is one of the most crucial factors in developing, sustaining and increasing participation in rugby union, securing the future and quality of the game in our Independent Schools. Anybody can try and coach rugby, but effective coaches fulfil a number of different roles and accept a variety of responsibilities, covering the technical, tactical, physical and mental aspects demanded by our game.

Wasps is committed to offering a high quality Continuous Professional Development service, from helping volunteers who want to coach junior Tag Rugby to assisting people who aim to reach professional coaching standards with the School 1st XV.

Our Teacher and Coach Education Programme specifically focuses on providing Teachers and Coaches with the tools to support their development of rugby within your school. The sessions can be delivered at your school, or at a local community venue, by experienced RFU-Qualified Coach Developers, Coach Educators and Coach Trainers from within our Community Team.

The workshops can be private for your school staff, or you can have an open course at your venue which allows other teachers or coaches from schools and clubs to experience your venue. This is an ideal opportunity for coaches and teachers to exchange ideas, network and establish new partnerships.

Our workshops can be bespoke to the needs of a group of coaches, or we can deliver sessions that focus on one of the following subject areas:

  • Continuity
  • Defence
  • Lineout
  • Planning and Periodisation
  • Ruck and Maul
  • Scrum

Our workshops are based on both theory and practical activities where the host venue provides players for our delivery Staff to coach, while we provide ongoing dialogue with the observing coaches and teachers on the processes being used and answer questions throughout.

How to take part

To find register your interest in the Wasps Independent Schools Rugby Programme, please click here.

Alternatively, you can contact Wasps Schools Programme Officer Ben Smiley via email or on 01494 531122 to discuss how Wasps can support rugby at your school.