Secondary schools across Leicestershire have taken a huge step to giving bullying the boot as part of Anti-Bullying Week.
A total of 525 children across four Leicestershire schools took part in 19 sessions led by Leicester Tigers and partner Aggregate Industries to raise awareness around bullying and the effects it can have.
Alongside dedicated rugby sessions, Tigers representatives and Aggregate Industries staff visited pupils at Fullhurst Community College in Leicester, Hinckley Academy, Humphrey Perkins in Loughborough and St Martin’s Catholic Voluntary School in Nuneaton.
Tigers players Dom Barrow, Ben Betts and George Worth also shared videos with their own experiences of bullying and advice for youngsters. You can view all our videos by visiting the link below.
Chris Rose, head of brand at Tigers, said: “It has been a fantastic launch week for the campaign. We were delighted to see so many kids come forward to share their stories.
What really came out of our sessions was the variety of different guises that bullying can take. Whatever the form or context, however, bullying is not okay and by speaking out and standing strong, we want to encourage pupils to help alleviate this very real issue in UK schoolsChris Rose, head of brand at Tigers
François Petry, chief executive of Aggregate Industries, said: “We are thrilled to see such a positive response to the launch of our ‘Give Bullying the Boot’ campaign which has been designed to educate children about the signs of bullying and raise awareness.
“This initiative is complementing our Concrete Rugby programme which is already teaching children the importance of staying active and having a healthy lifestyle.”
The campaign forms part of the two organisations’ Concrete Rugby initiative, which champions a healthy lifestyle, teamwork 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 over the 2017/18 school year.
Find out more about #givebullyingtheboot and Concrete Rugby at the link below