Saracens - Foundation Newsletter: Projects Spring Update

Sarrie’s disABILITY Sport

We have experienced the biggest growth in provision since we started our work back in 2013. We currently have 5 clubs for young people with disabilities to attend based at Allianz Park.

This year we will work with over 600 people directly through our work. One of our highlights for this quarter is the recent ‘Sarrie’s RFC Tour’ to Worcester. The team played against and with a similar team from Shropshire called the ‘Shropshire Rebels’. This was a fantastic achievement for our team, of which a number struggle with new situations and a change in their routine. However the team were fantastic and thoroughly enjoyed the day, which was topped off with a fantastic win by the Saracens team.

Thank you for all that gave support on the day and in the build-up.

 

Get Onside

It is with great excitement that we can announce that the Saracens Sport Foundation has secured funding from ‘Comic Relief’ to fund Get Onside!

The funding will ensure we can deliver this life changing programme for another 3 years and work on providing greater opportunities for the young men we engage with. The programme has evolved from its inception in 2012 and the results from our programme are really compelling - we have a 10% re-offending rate, 51% lower than the national average.

Some of our beneficiaries have been back into the community to speak about their experience and their current success, inspiring many with their journey.

We are very proud to work in Partnership with HMP YOI Feltham to deliver this programme and see this next period to be very successful spell.

 

Move Like A Pro

We have launched our very first men’s health project, Move Like A Pro that adds to our ever expanding health & wellbeing portfolio. Five Premiership Rugby clubs across England are currently delivering this pilot project in partnership with Premiership Rugby and the Movember Foundation.

40 men aged 35 - 55 have taken on the challenge of getting fitter, losing weight and being more active with the Saracens Sport Foundation. Sessions run every Monday and Thursday evening for 12 weeks finishing at the end of July and after only 5 weeks we have seen a significant change with each person on the programme.

Our 4 committed groups have exclusive use of the Saracens home changing room for the nutrition workshops and discussions before moving outside to the Allianz Park pitch and outdoor space for physical activity session.

We are really excited to be offering this project and we look forward to seeing the end results of the men’s hard work and dedication.

 

Saracens School of Cheer

Saracens School of Cheer have had a busy year so far. Dance @ Wembley saw over 2500 dancers ranging from 6 to 90+ years of age perform pitch side at Wembley Stadium during the Derby Day Saracens Vs Harlequins clash.

The summer term sees the launch of the School of Cheer Syllabus for all athletes to work towards and complete bronze, Silver and Gold Levels in their Stunting and Tumbling awards. We have launched two NEW Saracens School of Cheer’s in Barnet on Tuesday and Thursday Evenings and we are now in the process of handing out invitations and information packs for our brand new COMPETITIVE team, Saracens Elite launching in September 2016!

Follow us on Instagram: SaracensSchoolofcheer , be our Friend on Facebook Lianne Cheer at Saracens and follow us on snapchat SaracensSOC for insight on our training sessions and all of our School of Cheer Team Locations.

To find out more about our project, please contact the following Senior Sports Development Managers

Education & Training and Inclusion: Owain Davies - Owaindavies@saracens.net

Women & Girls Sport Development and Health : Jess Hall - jesshall@saracens.net

Sport Development and Health & Wellbeing - Simone Shepherd - simoneshepherd@saracens.net