London Wasps are committed to developing Tag Rugby in Primary Schools in Buckinghamshire, East Berkshire, Middlesex and Oxfordshire through programmes such as:
London Wasps Community Rugby Coaches Ben Smiley and Ian Isham co-ordinate the delivery of the majority of our schools programmes with the support of our part-time staff and the Sports Management with Rugby Studies students from Bucks New University. All coaches are RFU qualified and hold a CRB Enhanced Disclosure certificated.
Our coaching aims to to provide health and social benefits for boys and girls:
As part of our programmes we also organise numerous Tag Rugby Festivals through the year for all levels of play and Teacher Tag Rugby Education workshops to promote the sustainability of Tag Rugby in the schools.
Coming to the end of it's third year, the Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme is an initiative that has already introduced over 108,000 young people to the sport of rugby through Tag Rugby. The scheme is run by Premiership Rugby and the 12 Aviva Premiership Rugby clubs up and down the country and has involved 1800 primary schools with 3,600 teachers also receiving training. 1800 sets of equipment and resources have been distributed and over 300,000 spectators are estimated to have watched demonstration events. The Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme is aimed at Key Stage 2 pupils aged 7 and 8 years. Each Premiership Rugby club has worked with two classes at 50 schools each season. The Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme involves a six week introduction to rugby that focuses on skill development & learning the rules, skill development & team skills and a Festival. The Tag Rugby festival will be the first taste of competitive rugby for many children and will allow schools that are new to rugby to participate in a fun tag rugby festival with schools of a similar standard. One school from each Premiership Rugby club region will qualify for the Finals at Twickenham on Aviva Premiership Rugby Final day where they will represent their Premiership Rugby club.
After receiving coaching through the Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme, Stoke Row Primary School contacted us to say; "Our main coach was excellent. He dealt with the chidlren really well and had a lovely manner with them. They learn a lot from the sessions and really enjoyed them. The follow up Tag Rugby training for staff was useful too - thank you!"
We offer schools the chance to host an After School Tag Rugby Club, which is run by a coach from the London Wasps Community Team. There will be a coach to pupil ratio of no more than 1 to 15. CoacHclass After School or Lunch Time Tag Rugby Clubs typically run for a 5 week period, spanning one school half term. We can however offer extra curricular clubs over a longer or shorter time frame to suit the school's needs.
The cost for a 5-week club is £17.50 (+£2.50 booking fee) per participant - this is just £3.50 per session!
If you would prefer for the school to pay for an After School Club instead of the participants, we charge £30+vat per hour for 1 coach (maximum of 15 participants) or £50+vat per hour for 2 coaches (maximum of 30 participants).
We can also provide Introduction to Contact Rugby clubs for Year 4 and 5 or Year 5 and 6 groups, at a school's request.
You can get more details of London Wasps' CoacHclass After School and Lunch Time Clubs by clicking here or complete and return the downloadable London Wasps Community Schools Programme Application Form, which can be found below.
Following their child's participation at a CoacHclass After School Tag Rugby Club at Chesham Bois CE Combined School, a parent told us; "My son had never played Tag Rugby and he is now really keen on the sport. Because the club was after school, he stayed at his school where he feels comfortable. Taking part in the After School Club has given my son an interest in a different sport, whereas you do not usually get a choice. I think more primary schools should start to play rugby because it will help them when they get to secondary school."
The London Wasps Community Team can build a Tag Rugby programme that is specific for your school. There would be a cost for this coaching, and this is flexible based on the school's willingness to engage with London Wasps at Adams Park Stadium, in High Wycombe.
Fill in the details here or complete and return the downloadable London Wasps Community Schools Programme Application Form, which can be found below.
For more details about the bespoke services that we can offer Independent Schools, click here.
During the workshop, which typically lasts for 2hours and 30minutes, delegates will be led through theory and practical activities that provide introductions to;
Our introduction to Tag Rugby teacher education workshops are held at community venues around Buckinghamshire, East Berkshire, Middlesex and Oxfordshire, so there is bound to be one running that is local to you. Alternatively, if there are 8 or more people from your school who would like to attend a workshop, we can run one specifically for you, at your school.
Click here for more information, or complete and return the downloadable London Wasps Community Schools Programme Application Form, which can be found below.
To find out how your school might be able to take advantage of the London Wasps Community Foundation Charity Policy, click here.
Let London Wasps engage with your pupils during a guest assembly visit through our themed lifestyle assembly or a bespoke assembly to suit your needs. Our themed assemblies, which can last between 10 and 20-minutes, are based on:
Our Secondary School Coaching Programme offers schools from Buckinghamshire, East Berkshire, Middlesex and Oxfordshire a number of developmental coaching sessions, the number of which is subject to the growth and productivity of the partnership between the school and London Wasps. Coaching is lead by our Community Coaching Team. Schools will also be offered the opportunity to:
Schools should be prepared to offer either funded sessions, part-funded sessions or large group ticket sales-linked sessions to become involved in this initiative. Coaching delivery will concentrate on the development of core skills through enjoyable activity; promoting participation in grass roots rugby and support for London Wasps. Our local Community Partner rugby clubs will be utilised as 'pathways' for participating children to continue their rugby playing careers during out of school time.
Community School Programme Application Form
To find out more information about the London Wasps Community Schools Programme, you can complete and submit an enquiry form here. Alternatively, you can download, complete and return the Community School Programme Application Form which is on the right hand side of this section.