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Project Rugby in the community

Leicester Tigers rugby development officers have been supporting rugby sessions as schools across the city, including The Winstanley Community College in Braunstone.

The secondary school is situated less than five miles away from the famous home of Leicester Tigers, and with the offer of support in and around schools led by the club, Tigers coaches will continue to run a number of sessions for young people to get involved with. 

The schools head of PE Kevin Higgins shared just how the club is helping them to keep kids active and help to promote the sport, which is a part of Premiership Rugby’s Gallagher Project Rugby campaign.

“I’ve worked with Scott Clarke and his team at the club a while back, and so I was keen to get back involved when we received the invite to get our students involved in Project Rugby.

“Rugby isn’t our primary sport, but actually we’re seeing that a lot of our kids are enjoying trying something new and that is only helped by the presence of the Tigers coaches that come along to lead the sessions.

“The coaching is about fun, learning the basics as well as playing games that the kids enjoy. They also enjoy it when we look to develop those skills, bringing in things like tackle bags and other equipment, although that is obviously limited at this moment in time.”

“The great thing about rugby is that it is for everyone, and especially when Tigers are just up the road, we’re keen to help to inspire the kids to get involved and take the game further at a club level.”

Tigers are delivering Gallagher Project Rugby as part of a national initiative designed to get young people playing and enjoying the game. It works to introduce Rugby to both girls and boys from a wide variety of backgrounds and supports them with professional coaching from Tigers to get all involved and having fun, learn how to play and take the game up at their local Club.

If you’d like to find out more about how the club’s Gallagher Project Rugby programme can support your students, please get in touch with [email protected]