Busy new school term for Falcons Community Foundation

Thursday 10 September 2015 Written by: Adam

The start of the new season also means it is back to the vitally important work of delivering education and coaching around the region for the Falcons Community Foundation.

With Rugby World Cup about to arrive at St James’ Park; New Zealand, Samoa, Scotland, South Africa and Tonga all set to descend on the city, the Foundation are using the opportunities provided by the event to deliver exciting twists on their delivery programmes.

In the opening weeks of the 2015/16 academic year, the Foundation’s coaches will return to local schools for top up sessions ahead of festivals taking place in the official Newcastle Rugby World Cup Fanzone, on the specially laid pitch that is forming the centrepiece of the venue.

The schools receiving this exciting top up coaching were part of three programmes run by the Foundation during the summer term; Supporter to Reporter used sports reporting as a basis to deliver literacy education to children aged 8-10 while cultural and geography-based programme Discover Rugby worked with children in the city centre area to focus on countries taking part in the Rugby World Cup.

Finally national programme On The Front Foot works with primary school learners to impart the key values of rugby (respect, teamwork, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship) to teach discipline and social education.

On the Front Foot also continues delivery in Cumbria this term. Funded by the Department for Education, OTFF aims to bring together the World Cup moment with lessons that have been learned from Premiership Rugby’s successful HITZ programme.

Also taking place across the Pennines is Rugby 4 All, which is targeted and getting women and girls at year 9 and 10 involved in the sport.

Back in the North East, the club’s Urban Rugby Squad continues to train ahead of the national festival at the Twickenham Stoop in October.

Heavily supported by BT Sport’s The Supporters Club and Restart Rugby (The RPA’s registered charity). Urban Rugby is designed to allow young people aged 14-16 from disadvantaged communities the opportunity to participate in regular sporting activity and personal development workshops that use rugby as inspiration.

Beyond all of this activity, the Foundation will also be running their ever popular coaching camps during the October half term holidays, with two day programmes taking place at Kingston Park, Carlisle RFC and Houghton RFC and a further one day camp at Bishop Auckland RFC.

For more details or to book a place on a camp, click here.