Currently the program is restricted to year 7 & 8 boys across 7 secondary schools however, the potential to expand and improve the program is vast.  Increasing to 10 secondary schools and 5 primary schools and including girls would enable the program to reach and benefit an expanded audience.

A number of initiatives have been planned to increase impact, enjoyment and overall benefit.

  • RFU courses for participants and volunteers – First aid, refereeing, coaching
  • A league table comprised of efforts on and off the pitch
  • An incentivised pathway to play and stay with local club Southwark Rugby
  • One to one mentoring provided to selected pupils
  • Trips to watch a Premiership rugby match
  • School workshop on nutrition
  • More prizes and awards for participants
  • Food after each festival
  • All-stars team comprised of best players from each school to represent Southwark
  • Parental involvement/interest, this is key to the players continuing their development outside of the program
  • Photographing and videoing of events
  • Structured professional development for coaches
  • Free gumshields
  • All-year-round program
  • Expand so that each school can contribute 2 teams across 3 age groups – Year 7, 8, 9

More to explorer

Update after 2nd Festival

Most of the 10 schools who take part in the Big Yellow rugby program have now had eight weeks of rugby coaching

Autumn Term Report

It’s great to have the program back up and running after all the disruption of recent seasons. Our partnership with London Irish

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