Pupils from Welland Park Academy enjoyed a special trip to Welford Road on Saturday thanks to Aggregate Industries and Leicester Tigers’ Give Bullying The Boot programme.
Welland Park Academy from Market Harborough was chosen as part of the initiative’s focus on encouraging young people to speak up about bullying. As a reward, a number of pupils were invited to the club as special guests for Saturday’s Aviva Premiership match against Worcester Warriors.
Pupils spent the morning taking part in a rugby session with Tigers coaches before heading to Welford Road stadium, where they were invited on to the pitch for a half-time presentation with Pablo Libreros, the growth and innovation director at Aggregate Industries, to congratulate the school.
Aggregate Industries also brought along one of its trucks for fans to take a look at on the plaza of the Holland & Barrett Stand at the game.
Jason Button, head of PE at Welland Park, said: “It was fantastic to be invited along to Welford Road to experience the matchday. The group had a great time in the morning session and really got stuck into it – even if it was a bit chilly.
Campaigns like Give Bullying The Boot play a huge role in shaping youngsters’ thinking so we hope to continue to educate pupils on bullying and the effects it can have.Jason Button, head of PE at Welland Park
Pablo Libreros added: “Bullying is a real issue that together we must tackle and we see it as our role as a responsible organisation to help support schools and communities.
“It’s an honour to be working with Leicester Tigers on initiatives like this and we hope to continue this well into the future.”
The campaign forms part of the two organisations’ Concrete Rugby initiative, which champions a healthy lifestyle, team work and self-confidence in young people, through the introduction of key rugby skills. The programme will reach out to more than 1,000 Leicestershire students aged 11-14 during the 2017/18 school year.
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