Project Rugby is a joint initiative between Premiership Rugby and Gallagher designed to increase participation in the game by people from traditionally underrepresented groups. These include:
- Black Asian and Minority Ethnic People
- People from Lower Socio-Economic backgrounds (top 30% IMD)
- Disabled groups
The programme currently engages participants aged 14+ (and 16+ for disabled groups) and is delivered by London Irish Foundation staff across Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire and Middlesex. The Foundation provides accessible opportunities for people to participate in the game at a time and place that is easily accessible for the participants. The Foundation works hard to provide exit routes into grassroot clubs by ensuring infrastructures are in place.
Key Outcomes include:
- Transition participants from Project Rugby activity into regular rugby participation
- Improving individual physical and mental well-being
- Reduce social mis conduct and isolation
- Challenge existing perceptions of the game, positioning rugby as a sport for anyone regardless of background, ability or gender
- Use positive role models to act as mentors
The London Irish Foundation were delighted to help at the Osborne School Sports Day, as part of Project Rugby, on Thursday 20 June! Osborne School is a maintained special school for pupils with learning disabilities aged 11-19. To see how the Foundation were involved, click here!