On Thursday 15th December our Community Rugby Coach Ben Smiley delivered a Teacher Education session at the Cressex School in High Wycombe, as a part of the Tackling Numbers in partnership with MBNA Programme. As part of this training, each participant later joined us at Adams Park Stadium to watch our Amlin European Challenge Cup fixture v Bayonne.
What is Tackling Numbers?
Tackling Numbers is delivered by MBNA, Premiership Rugby and the Premiership Rugby clubs with the aim of making numeracy challenges exciting, fun and relevant to real life. The programme utilises the power of rugby to promote the understanding and learning of numeracy. It is delivered in partnership with the 12 Premiership Rugby Clubs, and Leeds Carnegie, and aims to capitalise on rugby’s ability to engage with children inside and out with the classroom.
The classroom sessions are supported by practical PE sessions that unite an active mind with an active body. The interactive programme takes a rounded approach to teaching children about the importance of number skills in all walks of life.
During the Teacher Education session, Ben worked with the teachers to identify their understanding of what Tag Rugby is, and to fill in any gaps. After being led through a number of games and activities that the London Wasps Community Team regularly use to coach Tag Rugby, the teachers then spent time inside the classroom discussing their knowledge of Tag Rugby, and working through common problems.
Following the MBNA Teacher Education Day, Ben Smiley told wasps.co.uk, "Having coaches from any professional background explain and demonstrate the core skills of rugby should really help teachers to deliver this fantastic, inclusive sport at their school."
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