Community Group’s Head of Community Coaching at Fylde Rugby Community Foundation, Phill Mills provides an update in his latest Community Blog

The Fylde Rugby Community Foundation is continuing to grow, expanding its delivery across the area, with our Community Rugby Coaches playing an instrumental role in creating positive and quality programmes.

We are delighted to have started a girls rugby programme in local schools which, in turn, has created a pathway to girls rugby sessions taking place at Fylde Rugby Club. In addition, our Wheelchair Rugby Programme has restarted and has had a massive impact in the local community.

Kids Planet Rugratz Rugby

We have continued to deliver our high energy Kids Planet Rugratz Rugby sessions with three-five-year-olds at Fylde Rugby Club on Saturday mornings (9-10am). We also hosted a Kids Planet Rugratz Rugby day last month where 20 pre-school children were given the chance to meet and greet Fylde Rugby First XV players, have a Rugratz Rugby session and create a guard of honour for Fylde’s game.

School Delivery

Before the Easter break, we finished our most recent block of tag rugby sessions in schools in the Fylde and Wyre area. This was a five-week block consisting of fun tag, skills and movement games.

We have now come to the end of our Vera Wolstencroft Rugby Reading Champions programme in Blackpool primary schools. We have delivered to 15 schools over the last academic year, with our coaches working with children who may not be engaged with reading. This programme is designed to associate reading with sport, in particular rugby union, through 60-minute reading sessions and 60-minute coaching and fun games.

We will be running a Rugby Reading Champions festival on June 16 for all the primary schools that took part in the programme. This will include tag rugby activities, meeting the author of the books they have been reading, and taking part in public speaking workshops.

This all forms part of Community Group’s Educational Solutions and to find out more about what we can offer, please click HERE.

Wooden Spoon Rugby & Multi Sport Camps

Once again, our Rugby and Multi Sport Camps, sponsored by Wooden Spoon – the Children’s Charity of Rugby – have been well received by parents and children.

With a camp running in every school holiday, we have hosted more than 400 children aged 5 to 16 from the Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre area over the past academic year.

The children have had the chance to experience playing rugby and learn the core values of the game. From kick tennis to rugby paintball, they have enjoyed partaking in many different fun sports, games, and activities.

Our next Rugby and Multi-Sport camps are running from May 31 – June 1 and you can book online by clicking HERE.

Tilney Smith and Williamson Walking Rugby

We are also pleased to see ‘Rugby For All’ Walking Rugby has returned to Fylde Rugby Club.

This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone aged 50 and over to get involved in this great version of the game of rugby. It is open to both men and women and no prior experience is needed.

We offer three varying Walking Rugby groups depending on ability, and they take place on Tuesday evenings from 6.30-7.30pm, with refreshments served afterwards.

Thanks to the support of Tilney, Smith and Williamson and The National Lottery, the sessions are free of charge.

If you would like to attend or know more about the sessions, please contact Amelia Bullock at rdm@fylderugbyfoundation.com.

Girls Rugby Sessions

We have been focusing on creating opportunities for girls to get involved in rugby and grow girls rugby in the area.

There is a big divide in male and female participation, and we aim to close this gap by providing more sporting opportunities to girls in the community.

We have been delivering rugby sessions in local high schools in Fylde to grow the participation rates, and this has fed into an afterschool club at Fylde Rugby Club. The sessions have been open to ages 12 – 15 and we have had around 25 girls regularly getting involved, which is a great start.

We have a lot of engagement in the community currently and we are seeing many benefits from the great work our coaches are producing. We hope to continue to grow and to create opportunities for more people.

If you would like to know more about how Community Group can support your club, please get in touch by clicking HERE.