Project Rugby is a grassroots rugby programme designed to increase participation in Rugby by people from traditionally under-represented groups.
Part of a National initiative, launched by England Rugby and Premiership Rugby, it provides accessible opportunities to experience, enjoy and play rugby, across over 200 community locations within England. The primary focus of Project Rugby is to transition new players and volunteers into local grassroots rugby clubs. The project’s innovative approach looks to utilise rugby’s core values, increasing levels of resilience and confidence among participants, as well as helping people to feel more connected to their local community.
Leicester Tigers Community coaches are growing participation in rugby amongst under-represented groups across Leicestershire; specifically targeting Black, Asian & minority ethnic groups (BAME), low socio-economic groups (LSEG) and people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
This exciting programme creates unique opportunities for the Tigers Community coaches. Last season, as well as delivering the programme in a number of local schools, they delivered sessions to adults from the Spoilt 4 Choice day care service with severe physical and learning disabilities, and former servicemen and women with mental health problems, as part of the organisation Combat Stress.
Our coaches have also been in a number of local Special Schools, including Birkett House, Ellesmere College and RNIB College, working with young people who have a range of special educational needs and disabilities.
Throughout this season, we will be working closely with four local rugby clubs, Leicester Forest, Oadby Wyggs, Belgrave and Leicester Vipers, to provide opportunities for new players to become part of their clubs.