The highly regarded Kick Bullying into Touch (KBIT) anti-bullying programme will be kicking off on 23rd January in Oxfordshire, with our Community Team visiting 10 schools in the Bicester and Kidlington areas of North Oxfordshire; in partnership with Bicester RFC and Gosford All Blacks RFC. The programme combines Tag Rugby coaching with the NSPCC's messages about bullying; including what bullying is, what you can do if you are being bullied, and how to overcome bullying.
We will be using adapted and modified Tag Rugby games to not only develop the basic skills of Tag Rugby, but also the participant's knowledge about the issues surrounding bullying. The programme and its messages are further supported by London Wasps NSPCC KBIT Ambassador Christian Wade.
After accepting the role as KBIT Ambassador, Christian told wasps.co.uk: "Bullying is an issue that causes lots of problems for people growing up; some people don’t even know when they are bullying people or what to do if they are being bullied. This programme is a great way to discuss the issue and get the information across, whilst keeping the kids active and having fun. Rugby is a game for all shapes, sizes, abilities and backgrounds; whether you’re a big forward who likes to join in the scrum's, or you’re quick and like being on the wing, rugby really is a sport for all people. Being a player at London Wasps means you have to work as part of a team; there are occasionally disagreements however you have to sort them out in a respectful and fair way. Bullying is not acceptable in any circumstances and most people would have experienced some form of bullying either to themselves or people they know. I hope through promoting Childline and the NSPCC’s messages through this programme will help to kick bullying into touch."
The schools taking part will be invited to Adams Park Stadium on 28th January 2012 to experience the London Wasps vs Exeter Chiefs LV= Cup match and to also provide a display of Tag Rugby on the pitch at half-time. After the game, the schools will get the chance to meet Christian Wade during a "Junior Press Club" and ask him some questions about his experiences in rugby and of bullying.
With the NSPCC KBIT about to start, Community Rugby Coach Ian Isham told wasps.co.uk, "The KBIT programme is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of the problems bullying can cause, by giving the pupils the tools to not only identify what bullying is, but also what to do if you or someone you know is being bullied. Using sport as a programme vehicle is a really good way to communicate the key messages from NSPCC and Childline whilst ensuring the young people have a fun and enjoyable rugby experience."
For more information about how to get your school involved in the London Wasps Community Coaching programme, please email Ian Isham or contact the Community Team on 01494 531122.