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Scottish Rugby Union

2017 - 2020 Grant Offer


2017 - 2020 Young People Target


Title of Project – CashBack Schools of Rugby

Theme – Sport for Change

Target Group – Young people disadvantaged by:-

  • Living in areas of deprivation; and
  • Being excluded, or at risk of exclusion from school; and
  • Being at risk of being involved in antisocial behaviour, offending/re-offending

Age range : 10 to 17 years

Number of Young People project expects to work with : 4,500

Summary of Project

Project will support 15 CashBack Schools of Rugby at host secondary schools (and feeder primary schools) to some of the most deprived areas in Scotland. Providing opportunities, building capacity and confidence in disadvantaged young people whilst developing physical fitness, cognitive skills, physical competencies and personal qualities. The project will bring participation in positive activities and help young people contribute positively to their communities. Scottish Rugby will identify 15 secondary schools situated in, or taking young people from, the most deprived areas of Scotland and introduce or develop, as the case may be, a CashBack Schools of Rugby – Sport for Change programme into these schools’. The programme will involve:

1. Rugby starter programme (children aged 10 – 14): Children from primary 6 through to 3rd year being introduced to rugby in curricular sessions and transitioning into extra-curricular rugby and to experiencing playing for their school in inter school competition. This rugby programme will be led by teachers and coaches based in the secondary school and would be supplemented by senior pupils trained to work with the junior players. There will be teams as follows: Primary 6/7 co-ed teams/Secondary 1/U13 male team/Secondary 2/U14 male team, Secondary 2/U14 female team, and Secondary 3/U15 male team level.

2. Junior phase attainment through rugby programme (Children aged S1 – S3): Young people will opt into or be referred to a curricular programme that will educate pupils in the following: Values of the game, leadership, engagement, achievement, enjoyment & respect; Laws of the game; Nutrition & Strength and conditioning education; Cross Curricular workshops; Bronze Youth achievement award; and Match and individual analysis

3. Senior phase attainment through rugby programme (Children aged 15 – 17): Young people will opt into or be referred to the curricular programme. The programme would deliver the following for the pupils: A Youth Achievement Award in Rugby (with the attainment of the associated SCQF credit points); A playing experience against other schools; Match and individual analysis; Coaching/Leadership experience in the junior phase and broad participation phase of the programme; and Scottish Rugby and world rugby qualifications (Scottish Rugby modern apprenticeship scheme) in: RugbyRight, World Rugby Passport, Start Rugby, Match Official level 1, S&C level 1 (optional) and UKCC Level 1 (optional).

Areas in which the project will be delivered: (Awaiting confirmation)

Clackmannanshire – Lornshill Academy; Dumfries & Galloway – North West Community Campus; East Ayrshire – Cumnock Academy, Auchinleck Academy; Edinburgh – Castlebrae Community High School, Gracemount High School; Falkirk – Falkirk High School; Fife – Levenmouth Academy; Glasgow – Springburn Academy, Smithycroft Secondary, St Thomas Aquinas School, St Andrews Academy; North Ayrshire – Auchenharvie Academy; North Lanarkshire – Coatbridge High School; South Ayrshire – Ayr Academy; South Borders – Hawick High School