STOURBRIDGE Rugby and Community Group are making a difference together.

In partnership for two years, the club’s community department was formed in 2019 with the main objective being to provide rugby to as many children as possible.

Together, we are proud to have been able to make progress in this area and many more in the past 12 months.

Over the last year, we have:

  • Seen 136 children attending our camps, including 20 free places
  • Seen 12 mini and juniors joining our youth section from Community initiatives
  • Seen 256 Stourbridge Rugby supporters take on the Strava Challenge, walking 8,453km
  • Engaged 58 children via online virtual challenges
  • Engaged with 21 local schools
  • Delivered 200 text books to local students
  • Delivered more than 470 meals to vulnerable families and children
  • Been successful in securing funding from partners, including The National Lottery Community Fund and Heart of England Community Foundation
  • Recruited 5 players into the First XV directly from the Academy Programme through Sandwell College
  • Continued our partnerships with Sandwell College and the Brierley Hill Project

Chairman of Stourbridge Rugby, Robin Edwards commented: “The development of the community department – powered by Community Group – at Stourbridge Rugby has enabled us to realise our ambition to reach out into the local community and make rugby more accessible. We are continually finding new ways to engage with a broader cross section of people, and they can now take part in a variety of sporting themed courses or become involved with the club on our targeted social projects.

“Working within the local schools and colleges, our coaches provide bespoke courses with educational content in a rugby theme. Our Stourton-based academy with Sandwell College has proven popular and the first group of students have already completed their two-year course and obtained BTEC qualifications.

“At the club, we have seen great enthusiasm for playing more rugby and to add to our already large mini and junior section, we have provided holiday rugby camps and are considering starting a rugby tots group. The girls and women’s squads have significantly increased in number and will be looking for fixtures as soon as possible. Walking rugby is also being introduced as a way for the less energetic to stay involved in the game for longer or to return to the sport.

“Community Group has also been able to attract funding from various charitable sources. This will enable the club to deliver a diverse range of activities, from providing packed lunches to schoolchildren, online content to help fitness, documenting the history of the club, and dealing with mental health awareness. There are without doubt many more projects the club can become involved with as and when the need arises.

“As with all sporting activities the last year has held back growth, however we believe the potential for further developing rugby and our club social activities is very exciting for the future. Now that we have dedicated resources in place focused on expanding local links, we feel we are in a better position to serve our local community.”

Managing Director of Community Group, Simon Price added: “In an incredibly testing year for all, we are proud of the work that has been delivered over the last 12 months. In addition to our schools engagement programme, we have been delivering hot meals and free books to local families, with all recipients incredibly grateful for the support shown.

“Our Academy Programme has recently seen five players recruited into the First XV squad, a wonderful achievement and we look forward to watching their progress.

“We have a wonderful opportunity now to build on the work to date. We do not intend to stand still and we wish to continue to develop and strengthen our links with the wider community.”

Community Group specialise in community and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) engagement on behalf of both sports clubs and businesses. Working in partnership with 7 national league rugby union clubs, we have established links with hundreds of schools, thousands of children and many individuals who engage with our clubs across all programmes.

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