Carew Academy Win Tournament at Rugby Festival

By Support - May 21st, 2018 | Posted in News

Excited pupils and staff arrived at a sunny Twickenham ready for a fun rugby festival event. The Harlequins Foundation opened The Stoop to over 150 young people with learning difficulties as part of Project Rugby, a Premiership rugby and England rugby initiative.

More than 15 special education schools from across Surrey brought teams to take part in the Foundation’s first ever Rugby Festival for SEND pupils at the home at the home of Harlequins.
Harlequins Foundation and All School Coaches joined forces to introduce pupils to mixed-ability touch rugby, before putting them through their paces in a tournament in the afternoon.

Foundation Coordinator, and Disability Rugby lead, Matthew Williams said: “For us mixed-ability rugby is the perfect way to enable more and more young people with learning difficulties to experience our sport. Thanks to Project Rugby we have been able to support both young people and adults into the sport, and witness first-hand the incredible social impact it can have for them and their local community”.

Rob Watkins, Principal of Carew Academy said: “This has been a brilliant initiative and a great way to introduce the sport to our pupils, some of whom tried rugby for the very first time today. It is clear to see the benefits shine through; team work, communication skills and resilience, we look forward to teaming up with Project Rugby in future.”

The Harlequins Foundation used the event to introduce more schools and young people to the game, as well as to find more potential players for Surrey’s first fully inclusive mixed-ability rugby team ‘the Surrey Chargers’. Training every week at Chobham Rugby Club, the Chargers provide real rugby opportunities for disabled and non-disabled players of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

Contact matthew.williams@quins.co.uk for more information.

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