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Aviva Fever in the Spring for Wasps

The Hawridge and Cholesbury CE School Teams

The Hawridge and Cholesbury CE School Teams

Phase 5 of Wasps' delivery of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme kicked off with a flurry of activity after the School Easter Holidays, with Children coached, Teacher's Educated, kit donated and teams refereed by the Wasps Community Team.

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.

Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme coaching began in 7 schools around Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, with each school receiving a total of 10-hours of Tag Rugby coaching across 5-weeks. The Wasps Community Coaches will focus on a new skill each week, with the final week combining all of the skills to be tested against their classmates in an inter-class tournament. The 7 schools that Wasps are delivering the Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme in this half term are;

  • Brill CE Combined School (near Thame)
  • Castlefield School (High Wycombe)
  • Haddenham Community Junior School (near Thame)
  • Oak Green School (Aylesbury)
  • Robertswood School (Chalfont St Peter)
  • St Michael's CE Primary School (Oxford)
  • Whitchurch Combined School (near Aylesbury)

The flurry of Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme activity continued on Monday 28th April, when Wasps Schools Programme Officer Ben Smiley led an Introduction to Tag Rugby workshop, for teachers and parents, at Ruislip RFC. The workshop saw 21 adults attend, and Ben led them through some indoor group work that developed the delegate's understanding of Tag Rugby before heading outside to guide the adults through practical activities that would enable them to develop Tag Rugby from a base level of skill and ability to a full game. At the workshop, Ben was able to donate Tag Rugby balls, Tag and Belt sets and a teachers booklet with some Tag Rugby tips, to the attending schools.

Wasps' "Aviva Fever" peaked on Wednesday 30th April, when the Club's Community Team worked with teachers and CSLA students from Chesham Grammar School to run a Tag Rugby Festival, where 8 teams attended to practice their Tag Rugby skills against other schools, in a more competitive environment than that which would have been created by the coaches in a school coaching situation. After all of the teams played each other, the final standings were;

The Hawridge and Cholesbury CE School Teams

The Hawridge and Cholesbury CE School Teams

  1. Great Missenden CE Combined School A
  2. Our Lady's Catholic Primary School
  3. Little Chalfont Primary School
  4. St Mary's School
  5. Great Missenden CE Combined School B
  6. Hawridge & Cholesbury CE School A
  7. Hawridge & Cholesbury CE School B
  8. Waterside Combined School

After the Aviva Fever passed, Wasps Schools Programme Officer Ben Smiley told "The start of Phase 5 of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme has seen us deliver nearly all elements of the programme, and ensure that there is a legacy of Tag Rugby in the schools where we are, and have already delivered in this year. The Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme is the first programme that has had a specific focus on creating a legacy where the children were taught in the schools, and introduced to the local rugby clubs [through Aviva Transition Days and Festivals] and teachers educated in the Teacher workshops. During the festival, we could see a huge amount of development in the players from when we had first met them during week one of their coaching, and we wish all of the players all of the best as they embark on their rugby playing careers."

The Wasps Community Team would like to thank Ruislip RFC for hosting our Teacher Education Workshop on 28th April, and Chesham Grammar School for running the Tag Rugby Festival on 30th April.

Wasps Community Schools Programme

Our delivery of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme sits within the Wasps Community Schools Programme.

Wasps are committed to developing rugby in schools throughout Buckinghamshire, East Berkshire, Middlesex and Oxfordshire, and in partnership with our Community Partner Clubs, we aim to support and develop links between rugby clubs and their local schools. There are many ways that a school can get involved with our Community Schools Programme, details of which can be found by clicking here. Alternatively, you can contact the Wasps Community Team on 01494 531122 or Ben Smiley (Schools Programme Officer) at