BEAT is an 18-week Programme, commissioned by the City of London, for inner city London girls aged 14-17.

The programme focusses on four key areas: business, educate, active and transform to create a legacy in the girls who participate.

Using rugby and inspiring and captivating guest speakers, the programme provides the girls with an opportunity to grow and develop in all areas of their lives. The end goal is to provide an avenue for these girls and young adults into education and business having used rugby to facilitate this.

Over the course of the 18 weeks, the girls receive presentations from experts and professionals in the business and education fields covering a broad array of topics. Further to this, they receive expert coaching from London Irish staff to engage and encourage healthy lifestyles through rugby.

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Working with three schools in north London, the girls from COLA Highgate Hill, COLA Islington and COLA Highbury Grove bring 15 specially selected girls to the programme each week. As a diverse and inclusive project, there is an emphasis on team building and social integration.

Once the programme is complete, the girls will receive awards in a ceremony that takes place at the BT Tower in Stratford to celebrate their successes over the past 18 weeks.

Having met role models such as Rochelle Clark MBE from the England rugby team and Angela Brady OBE Chief Architect and President of RIBA, London Irish hope to have created a sustained interest in sport and business that the girls continue across the rest of their lives.

To learn more about the sessions or about the B.E.A.T programme, please email [email protected].


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