18 February 2020
AASE Bursary Scheme
The AASE Bursary Scheme has been created to give an opportunity to boys from lower income families who would usually miss out on the AASE programme. Whilst the education and rugby side of the programme are free, the players still need to travel to the school/club, buy kit and potentially pay for billeting if they live too far to travel daily.
This bursary scheme has been named the 'Jarrod Cunningham Award'. Named after former London Irish player Jarrod Cunningham who died from motor neurone disease.
London Irish have created this bursary to be able to open doors and provide opportunities for those that might not have been able to afford to be a part of the AASE programme.
Over 80% of the AASE graduates, over the last two years, have been awarded contracts at London Irish, other clubs or have gone onto university.
One member of the AASE set-up has been supported through his 1st year of AASE through the kind donation of a supporter. Over the course of the year, he has represented the AASE and Academy teams, trained with the England 7s development squad and went to South Africa with England U18s. Without the support, he would not have been able to enter the AASE program which has played a key part in his development.
Another member had never played rugby seriously when he came to our AASE programme. The school and club helped support him through AASE and senior players donated boots, trainers and kit to help him out. He developed significantly as a player but more importantly achieved excellent grades in his subjects. In doing so he managed to gain himself a place at university, the first person in his family to do so.
"We set up the bursary to try and give children an opportunity they would not usually have" said Richard Pryor, AASE manager.
"As a former teacher, I will always look at the child’s potential and I am hopeful that this bursary will provide them with an opportunity to develop their rugby skills whilst getting an excellent education".
London Irish are looking for any donations, big or small, to help fund the Jarrod Cunningham Award and to help make a positive impact in the lives of those who might need it.
For more information or if you would like to donate, please email [email protected]