Community Group partner club helping to make a difference

WORKING with a number of schools across Oxfordshire, Chinnor RFC Thame are making a difference on and off the pitch.

Our Community Group partner club is helping some of the most vulnerable students in the county through its ‘My Personal Best’ initiative.

The project is designed to engage children through sport by harnessing the core values of rugby – respect, teamwork, trust, discipline.

Identified by their school because of concerning behaviour, non-engagement or underachievement, these students are in need of positive role models, often requiring extra social and emotional support.

We provide highly experienced and qualified mentors to work with the children in a classroom environment and on a one-to-one basis. Focusing on the individual and their needs, we work alongside teachers to find the best way to enhance their positive way of thinking.

Chinnor RFC Thame Head of Community, Matt Goode said: “We understand that all students have a different need, everyone has their own unique story and it’s how we react to this that makes the difference. We listen, encourage and ensure we have a positive outcome for that young person. This fits into what Chinnor RFC Thame is all about.”

The Club works at schools up and down the county, from Banbury to Wallingford.

Head of Year 10 and PE Teacher at Blessed George Napier Catholic School, Kate O’Neill said: “My Personal Best has been really well received by a mixed group of Year 10 boys. They have responded brilliantly to the practical sessions as well as the mentoring support that has been provided to help the more challenging pupils to focus in other areas of school. As a PE teacher and Head of Year, I can really see the value in using sport as a tool for engaging challenging groups, not only on the sports field but in their other lessons too.”

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