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

It has been a busy few months at the Fylde Rugby Community Foundation with a number of different programmes delivered across the summer. We have also welcomed three new recruits to our team at Community Group, with Amelia, Ben and Alex already having a great impact on our current programmes and those we will be delivering moving forward. Now we are back delivering in schools, my latest blog will give you a taste of what we have been up to over the summer.

Kids Planet Rugratz Rugby

From June 12, we delivered a new block of sessions and we were delighted to see 37 children attend across the six weeks. Our Rugratz Rugby sessions – sponsored by Kids Planet Nurseries – offer a great introduction to rugby for three-five-year-olds, with quality coaching designed to improve eye to hand coordination and social skills in a safe, fun, sporting environment. It has also been great to see six of the children transition into Fylde Rugby’s U6s and hopefully this is just the start of their lifelong involvement in the game of rugby.

Primary Tag Rugby

Before the summer break we finished our most recent block of tag rugby sessions in schools across the Fylde and Wyre area. The five-week block consisted of fun tag, skills and movement games. Tag rugby is a great way for children to prepare for rugby union, while learning positive values and importance of team work in a safe environment.

Vera Wolstencroft Reading and Rugby

We completed our ten-week Reading and Rugby programme just before the end of the summer term. Delivering in Primary Schools in Blackpool, this programme – sponsored by The Vera Wolstencroft Charitable Trust – is designed to associate reading with sport, particularly rugby union, through 60-minute reading sessions and 60-minute coaching and fun games. Our coaches work with children who may not be engaged with reading, helping to support their vocalisation and reading skills.

Wooden Spoon Rugby & Multi Sports Camps

Our Rugby and Multi-Sports Camps, sponsored by Wooden Spoon – the Children’s Charity of Rugby – were again a huge success over the summer. With a camp running every week throughout August, we hosted more than 400 children aged 5-16 from the Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre area.

The children had the opportunity to experience playing rugby and learn the core values of the game. They also took part in many different fun sports, games, and activities over the four weeks, including kick tennis and rugby paintball!

As a result of our camps, a few children have since joined the Minis & Juniors section at Fylde Rugby through our Rugby Pathway programme, sponsored by Porsche Centre Preston. We hope this creates a lifelong link to participation in the sport and for more information about the pathway programme, please read on.

We also have camps running this month and to book, please visit www.clubs-hub.com/fylderugbycommunityfoundation/.

Tilney Smith & Williamson Walking Rugby

We delivered our first Walking Rugby session at Fylde Rugby Club in June with around 15 people aged over 55 attending the first session and we are delighted to now say that number has since grown to 40. Walking Rugby is for all abilities and to accommodate this we split into three groups dependant on experience. We play various fun walking rugby games to develop catch and pass skills then slowly build up to matches. Thank you to Tilney Smith & Williamson for supporting this project.

Porsche Centre Preston Rugby Pathway Programme

We are delighted to announce that we already have the first four inductees for this fantastic programme. The Porsche Centre Preston Rugby Pathway Programme sees children who have had a taste of rugby and want to continue playing but who otherwise would not be able to afford to, provided with free transport, kit, memberships, and a transition session into a rugby club.

Finally

Looking ahead at the next few months we have a large number of activities planned and we will be providing rugby coaching into many more primary and secondary schools in Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde. Over the next 12 months, we also hope to develop a wheelchair rugby programme, sessions for young offenders and also for children with moderate and severe learning difficulties.

If you, or anyone you know, would like to support or sponsor the great work going on at Fylde Rugby Community Foundation, please do get in touch – we would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact me by emailing phill.mills@community-group.co.uk.

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