This week, London Irish kicked off the new Business Education Active Transform (BEAT) programme in style.

The 18-week course is designed to focus on a variety of modules to an audience of girls from Highgate Hill School, City of London Islington and Highbury Grove School.

Rocky Clark MBE, the most capped England Rugby player of all time, delivered a unique presentation to the girls. Rocky touched upon some of the key aspects of rugby including communication, dedication and teamwork.

“I’m really excited to be given the chance to get involved in the BEAT programme” said Clark.

“It gives so many girls the opportunity to learn from the sport. Rugby is a brilliant way to make friends, keep fit and inspire the girls for the future”.

Following on from the presentation from Rocky, the girls took part in some ice-breaker games to integrate the variety of schools before getting to know the basics of the sport through different games.

“The BEAT programme is an opportunity to engage girls that haven’t played rugby before and to integrate them into sport, education and business” said Joseph Pegg, inclusion officer (disability).

“The end goal for us is to improve the girl’s rugby skills, create teams within the three schools that currently attend and hopefully to get rugby on the PE curriculum within the schools”.

To learn more about the sessions or about the BEAT programme, please email [email protected]


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