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Schools tackle cyber-bullying with Concrete Rugby

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Leicester Tigers coaches have been teaching secondary school pupils across Leicestershire about the dangers of cyber-bullying, in partnership with Aggregate Industries.

Pupils from Gartree High School in Oadby, Saint Martins Catholic Academy in Nuneaton, John Fernley College in Melton Mowbray and Winstanley Community College in Leicester have been learning how to beat the cyber-bullies. 

Research carried out by the partnership earlier this year showed over a fifth of Leicestershire pupils worry about being bullied online and a third say social media has added extra peer pressure.

To date, the ‘Give Bullying the Boot’ campaign has reached out to 770 school children from nine schools and 29 classes across the Leicestershire region.

Tigers rugby development officer Joe Reynolds, who runs the Concrete Rugby programme said: “We’ve seen a great response from kids on the subject of cyber-bullying. Rugby is a great way to bring people together, learn new skills, as well as bring the sports values into everyday situations.

“We’re planning to work alongside our official charity Warning Zone to deliver special cyber-bullying sessions for pupils towards the end of March to help round off a great campaign.”

For further information about Concrete Rugby and Give Bullying the Boot campaign or to get involved, visit the link below.