Phase 3 of Wasps delivery of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme began in January, with coaches and children alike benefitting from warmer weather conditions, allowing them outside for their coaching sessions.
What is the Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme?
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.
During Half Term 3, coaches from the Wasps Community Team are delivering the Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme in the following schools;
With Phase 3 of Wasps Community Schools Programme underway, Wasps Schools Programme Officer Ben Smiley told wasps.co.uk: "With this half term being just 6-weeks long, there is little room to allow poor weather to impact on our coaching. So far the weather has been good enough to allow our coaches to work outside, which not only helps them, but the children. More space means more opportunities for the children to stretch their legs, and if there is space, they can develop their spacial awareness and recognition a lot easier, thus helping them to succeed more when playing Tag Rugby."
Our delivery of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme forms part of Wasps Community Schools Programme.
Last academic year, the Club's Community Schools Programme saw 691 coaching sessions delivered for schools. Wasps Community Schools Programme is made up of centrally and locally funded rugby engagements for schools in the State and Independent education sectors.
We can run one-off, term or year-long rugby programmes that are designed specifially to meet the school, class, team or player's needs. The engagements don't have to be practical rugby sessions either - we are well versed in running classroom sessions based around healthy eating, numeracy or anti-bullying, and we can also run interactive assemblies for 50 to 300+ children.