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Teachers continue to learn with London Wasps

London Wasps continued their committment to developing grassroots rugby in the Oxford area by running a Teacher Education workshop on Monday 25th November. The workshop, delivered through the Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme and the London Wasps Community Schools Programme, was run at Community Partner Club Oxford Harlequins and was open for teachers, sixth form or university students and rugby club volunteers.

The Introduction to Tag Rugby Teacher Education workshop was delivered by London Wasps Schools Programme Officer Ben Smiley, also an RFU Coach Developer. Using group discussions, video's and practical activities, Ben worked to develop the participant's;

  • Understanding of what Tag Rugby is
  • Knowledge of how to deliver Tag Rugby in an APES environment
  • Understanding of the laws of Tag Rugby

London Wasps ran the Teacher Education Workshop as a part of the club's Coach the Coaches programme, and was organised in Oxford following the recent, and planned future delivery of elements of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme in the area.

What is the Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme?

Aviva Premiership Rugby's key legacy project, the Aviva Schools Programme, kicked off its fourth season in September.

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.

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."

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.

Of the Teacher Education Workshop, London Wasps Schools Programme Officer Ben Smiley told "Within the group of teachers who came along last night, there was a range of tag rugby experience, knowledge and understanding. This created a very positive environment where the teachers shared ideas and thoughts, which enabled me to guide a lot of the learning that was going on, instead of leading it. I hope that everyone there has a few new ideas of how to teach Tag Rugby, and increased confidence when they come to teach or referee any tag rugby.

How can I get my school involved with London Wasps?

There are lots of ways that your school can get involved with the London Wasps Community Schools Programme; details of what we can offer can be found here. If there is something that you think we can support you with, and it isn't on the list, it is likely that we can deliver that support, but we have never been asked about it.

If you would like to discuss how we can help, you can contact us by completing the form here, by contacting Ben Smiley by email or by contact the community team on 01494 531122.