On Thursday 15th December our Community Rugby Coach Ben Smiley delivered a Teacher Tag Rugby Education session, as a part of our Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme. The course for 18 teachers and young people was held at The Cressex School in High Wycombe, and delivered before each participant joined us at Adams Park Stadium to watch our Amlin European Challenge Cup fixture v Bayonne.
In its second season, the Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme represents a significant investment (£2 million) by Aviva into the grass roots level of the game. Resources will go towards supporting over 1,200 teachers in 650 schools across the country whilst also providing all the kit necessary to play tag rugby. Aligned to the national curriculum and PE syllabus and designed to unearth the next generation of rugby stars. The number of children who will have taken part in the scheme, delivered by the 12 Aviva Premiership Rugby clubs, by the end of this season is enough to fill Twickenham Stadium..
The Teacher Education Programme specifically focuses on providing teachers with the tools they need to develop the basics of Tag Rugby within local schools. The 2-hour course for two members of staff per participating school includes a number of practical-based activities, including handling drills, small-sided games and Tag Rugby rules of play. Each participating school is also provided with an Aviva Tag Rugby resource booklet along with rugby balls and Tag Rugby sets.
Following the Aviva Teacher Education Day, Ben Smiley told wasps.co.uk, "I hope that the teachers who attended the session benefited from the activities and discussions. They have taken a positive step towards increasing their knowledge of Tag Rugby, and how to coach it in an Active, Purposeful, Enjoyable and Safe environment."
If you would like your school to get involved in London Wasps' Schools Coaching Programme, please contact us by filling in the details here.