Monday 4th November saw the phase 2 of the London Wasps Community Schools Programme swing into action after a short break for Half Term, and the October Coachclass Programme.
Within the November and December stage of our schools engagement sits the Aviva Premiership Rugby's key legacy project, the Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme.
What is the Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme?
Now in it's fourth 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.
The Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme is aimed at Key Stage 2 pupils. Each Premiership Rugby club will work with two classes at 50 schools.
During Phase 2 of the London Wasps Community Schools Programme, the following schools are receiving Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme coaching from our Community Team;
Louisa Cheetham, Senior Sponsorship & CR Manager at Aviva added: "Key for Aviva was the ability for us to be able to deliver a sustainable legacy as part of the partnership that we have with Premiership Rugby. In the delivery of the Aviva Schools Programme we are seeing lasting results through 1200 teachers each year continuing to be able to teach Tag in their schools and so hopefully inspire the next generation of rugby players to take up the sport whilst impacting over 40,000 children each season."
In the week that Phase 2 of the London Wasps Community Schools Programme begins, Schools Programme Officer Ben Smiley said: "We have a full on Community Schools Programme this half term, and these 10 schools will receive a total of 100-hours of coaching between now and Christmas. The Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme is an important element of our Community Schools engagement, the funding for which helps us to engage with more schools, children and teachers for longer than might be possible without it."
We are now taking bookings for schools in January to July 2014. To find out more about what we can offer your school, please click here or contact the London Wasps Community Team on 01494 531122.