Saracens - Foundation Projects Spring Update

Move Like a Pro

We continue to develop and expand our work in the Health and Wellbeing pillar. We have done this through our newest Project ‘Move like a Pro’.

The Saracens Sport Foundation have teamed up with the Movember Foundation and Premiership Rugby to launch a brand new project - Move Like A Pro specifically for male supporters aged 35-55. Any man who misses the buzz of getting out there with the guys, who love rugby but aren’t currently active are being invited to join a team to improve their overall health the ‘Saracens’ Way.

Over 40 men are already enrolled on the 12 week healthy lifestyle programme at Allianz Park and with the help of our experienced Foundation community coaches and Saracens current and ex-pros are beginning to turn their health around.

disABILITY Programme

Our Sport for All Programme has relaunched itself with a new name. disABILITY Sport highlights the ‘ability’ of the person and does not focus on their disability. Running successfully every Monday at Allianz Park t continues to gain strength.

On a Monday evening you can find participants taking part in sport either in Sarries Skills Club for those on the severe end of the Autistic Spectrum or at Sarries RFC which is open to those who expressed an interest to learn rugby skills and be part of a rugby team. Sarries RFC will be going on their first rugby tour to Worcester to play a like minded rugby team there. Strictly Sarrie. Our disABILITY dance project is funded by BBC Children in Need and the dancers were thrilled last week when Jeanette and Alijaz of Strictly Come Dancing came down to the project to join in the dance session. This project is providing new opportunities for those with a disability to engage in physical activity. 100% of participants leave the sessions with an improved state of mind and mood.

Award Winning Get Onside Feltham secures 3 Year Grant from Comic Relief

We are thrilled that our ground breaking project in Feltham Young Offenders Institute has recently secured an incredible £95,000 of funding for the next 3 years from Comic Relief. Comic Relief were incredibly impressed by the commitment and dedication of the Foundation staff and how we had managed to get the Feltham Prison staff on board to support the project in the prison. They were also impressed by our low re-offending rates of our participants. The national re-offending rate within the first year for young offenders is 69.3%. 92% of offenders engaged on our Get Onside Programme have not re-offended.

Owain “To have the successfully secured the funding from ‘Comic Relief’ is an incredible achievement. We are so proud to be affiliated with ‘Comic Relief’ and to have gained this support from such an inspirational organisation. This will mean we can welcome 150 new particpants onto the programme over the next 3 years and help them to turn their lives around.”

Foundation Match Day

The Sport Foundation Match Day on the 5th March highlighted one of our recipients from the Feltham Project, the inspiring story of Steven Mokoko, one of the graduates from the project was shared across the Stadium on the day. An incredible £15,000 was raised on the day to support the work of the Foundation.