London Wasps are committed to developing Tag Rugby in Primary Schools in Buckinghamshire, South Oxfordshire and East Berkshire, through programmes such as:
London Wasps Community Rugby Coaches Ben Smiley and Ian Isham coordinate 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 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 sessions to promote the sustainability of Tag Rugby in the schools.
Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme: This season sees the launch of the exciting new Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme, an initiative that will introduce over 36,000 young people to the sport through Tag Rugby. The scheme is run by Premiership Rugby and the 12 Aviva Premiership Rugby clubs up and down the country and is expected to involve 600 primary schools with 1,200 teachers also receiving training. 600 sets of equipment and resources will be distributed and 300,000 spectators are expected to watch demonstration events. The Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme is aimed at Key Stage 2 pupils aged 9 and 10 years. Each Premiership Rugby club will work with two classes at 50 schools. 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. We will work closely with the Schools Sports Partnerships within our community to target the appropriate schools.
Something To Chew On Program: An interactive project aimed at teaching 7 - 8 year olds about their own health and well being with a rugby focus. According to government figures one-third of children and two-thirds of adults are currently overweight or obese and, unless action is taken, this could rise to almost 9 in 10 adults and two-thirds of children by 2050. Rugby's diversity makes it the perfect vehicle to drive a health and activity led initiative; as a sport rugby can offer playing opportunities and role models to children of all shapes and sizes. The interactive programme takes a rounded approach to teaching children about leading a healthy lifestyle. The key aims of the project are to:
Mars in the Community Schools Program: Working with Mars in the Community, we will deliver Tag Rugby coaching to 25 schools in the South Bucks area. The programme has been designed to introduce and increase participation of rugby in primary schools all across South Bucks; from the Burnham Upper School Sports Partnership; focusing on the retention of players in rugby through purposeful activity in a safe and enjoyable environment. Working in partnership with Community Partner Clubs Drifters RFC, Phoenix RFC and Slough RFC, the programme will culminate with a huge Tag Rugby Festival, to give the children an opportunity to play against new opposition in a rugby club environment.
NSPCC "Kick Bullying into Touch" Tag Rugby Program: In partnership with the NSPCC, two teams of coaches will deliver a total of 30 x 1-hour Tag Rugby sessions that are designed to help children identify what is bullying. We are delighted to be a part of the campaign which will see star winger Paul Sackey, acting as an ambassador for the club for this great cause. Through the partnership and the hard work of London Wasps Community team 18,000 children in Bucks, East Berks and South Oxon are set to get help tackling bullying through the campaign. We will work closely with the Schools Sports Partnerships within our community to target the appropriate schools.
Tackling Numbers in partnership with MBNA: The concept of the program is to improve young peoples numeracy and financial literacy skills in 20 Primary Schools (Year 4); 60% from 20% IMD or recommended by LEA. The program content will see London Wasps deliver double incentive lessons:
After-School Tag Rugby Clubs: We offer schools the chance to stage a After School Tag Rugby Club. 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. All coaches will be RFU Qualified and CRB checked. Clubs run for a 5 week period - spanning one school half term. The cost for this is £17.50 per pupil (minimum of 10 pupils).
Tag Rugby 'Taster Sessions': During the 'off-season' (June, July and August) schools may apply to receive Tag Rugby Taster sessions. These sessions focus on introducing the game by teaching the core skills of rugby and basics of game play. For more information please complete and submit an enquiry form here
Independent Schools Programme
Our Independent Schools Programme is organised and delivered by our Independent Schools Coach through a flexible programme of activity for schools in the Independent Sector to receive coaching and rugby development opportunities that include:
London Wasps Community Team: Secondary Schools Programme: Our Secondary School Coaching Programme offers schools from Buckinghamshire, Berkshire 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:
London Wasps Schools Lifestyle Assemblies: 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 are based on:
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