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Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme

Read more from Ben Smiley about the delivery of Phase Five of the national schools programme

During April and May 2013, we have been delivering the Phase Five elements of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme in the High Wycombe and Hillingdon areas; as a part of the London Wasps Community Schools Programme.

Last half-term we ran the coaching in partnership with High Wycombe RUFC and Ruislip RFC. The partnership has included members of High Wycombe RUFC and Ruislip RFC joining our Schools Programme delivery team at certain sessions to provide a pathway in to local grassroots clubs.

What is the Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme?

Aviva Premiership Rugby’s key legacy project, the Aviva Schools Programme, is coming to the end of its third season. The Programme, which comes with a £2m investment from Aviva, is an initiative which introduces more than 39,000 young people each season to rugby union through tag rugby, creating a vibrant and effective rugby legacy in England. The scheme targets new-to-rugby, non-traditional rugby schools. It provides five weeks of coaching and teacher training, grassroots club links, plus resources for the school to continue to play rugby in the future.

During Phase Five, we have delivered the programme in the following schools;

  • Belmore Primary School, Hayes
  • Brookside Primary School,Hayes
  • Grange Park Junior School, Hayes
  • Great Kingshill CE Combined School, near High Wycombe
  • Grymsdyke School, Pinner
  • Jordans School, near Beaconsfield
  • Lady Margaret Primary School, Southall
  • Little Kingshill CE Combined School, near High Wycombe
  • Loudwater Combined School, High Wycombe
  • Oak Farm Junior School, Hillingdon
  • St Anselms Catholic Primary School, Harrow
  • St Helens College, Hillingdon
  • St Joseph's Middle School, Harrow

After the completion of the phase, Community Rugby Coach Ben Smiley told wasps.co.uk, "The support that we have received from Mark Lucas and Russel Hunter at High Wycombe RUFC, and Mike Head at Ruislip RFC, this half term has made a massive difference to our programme of coaching. The Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme is committed to developing rugby throughout the country; this helps us to create a link between schools and clubs by removing as many barriers as possible so that children continue participation at their local club."

After receiving the Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme in her school, Tag Rugby coordinator at Grymsdyke School Leslie Chaffe told wasps.co.uk, "I have to say, Mike (Heppner-Logan) and Lee (Salmon) are great, the Year Three children are really enjoying the Tag rugby sessions, and are now talking about progressing to our local club. I am also enjoying the sessions, its certainly helping me create new games for the older and younger children."

HOW TO GET YOUR SCHOOL INVOLVED

Our Schools Programme is now fully booked for this academic year. If you would like your school to be considered for the programme in September 2013, please contact us by filling in your details here.

www.wasps.co.uk

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