Saracens - Foundation Newsletter: Projects Summer Update

Sarrie’s disABILTIY Sport

Now that all the disABILITY programmes break for summer we can reflect on a fantastic year with many achievements not only by our programmes (Strictly Sarrie, Sarrie’s RFC, Sarrie’s Skills Club, Sarrie @ Home and Saracens Respite) but also our participants. 

This year we have had an incredibly dedicated and passionate team of staff and volunteers and as a thank you we are taking the team Go Karting. The team have huge commitment in supporting all of our participants and without them we wouldn’t have seen the incredible achievements we have witnessed this year.

On a programme front Strictly Sarrie, a club that supports young people with autism to take part in a fun and exciting after school dance club, has gained many accolades over recent weeks, specifically its seen the Stars from the BBC Strictly Come Dancing (Janette Manrara and Aljaz Skorjanec) come and take part in the sessions. This fantastic session visit has come from the successful funding bid that Sarrie’s RFC has secured from Children In Need.

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.

Athletics Summer Camps 2016

Saracens Sport Foundation are offering 8 days of athletics camps this summer holiday providing the opportunity for children from our local community to take part in a wide range of track and field events at a world class sport venue; Allianz Park. The camps will be delivered by top coaches and athletes, with the Rio 2016 Olympics just around the corner, this is an opportunity for your child to experience the Olympic spirit first hand and take part in its premier sport… athletics!

Come and learn new skills and most importantly have fun.

The camps will be divided into four days for children aged 4-9 and four days for those aged 10-15 years:

Children aged 4-9 years - £30 per day – 9am -3.15 pm

Mon 1st and Tues 2nd August

Mon 22nd and Tues 23rd August

Children aged 10-15 years - £30 per day – 9am -3.15 pm

Wed 3rd and Thurs 4th August

Wed 24th and Thurs 25th August

For more information please email athletics@allianzpark.com or call 02036 757 244

 

Saracens Touch

The Saracens Touch Rugby group continues to thrive, with an increasing number of new players joining the Friday evening sessions at Allianz Park.

Formed as part of our Love to Move initiative to encourage active sports participation by adults, the Saracens Touch Rugby group is open to all men and women over the age of 30 who would like to experiment with the non-contact form of the game in a social environment.

“Saracens Touch Rugby is all about us getting healthy exercise together, surrounded by adults of a similar age and ability. The game is simple to learn, its great fun, and you can be sure of a warm welcome from the rest of the group”

Sessions run from 6:15pm -8:00pm every Friday at Allianz Park and are open to adults of all abilities & fitness levels. A strong social element has grown up amongst the group, and there are numerous non-rugby events that take place each year, open to all participants plus partners and families. 

“It’s no exaggeration to say that Saracens Touch Rugby has literally given many of us a new lease of life. Saracens Rugby Club and the Sports Foundation are to be commended for shining a light on inactivity in middle-aged adults, and encouraging us all to head towards our ‘fifties’ & beyond in a healthier and fitter state! What are you waiting for?!”

For more information please email Team Manager Ant Riley at Clubmanager@saracenstouchrugby.club  or simply join us at Allianz Park on a Friday evening.

 

BLAST

Our BLAST programme was one of three Premiership community projects shortlisted for the prestigious PLAY award at the Premiership Rugby Parliamentary Community Awards held on Thursday 7th July. This award is designed to improve standards, promote inclusivity and increase involvement among those groups not traditionally active in.

Despite being pipped to the post by Bristol’s Eagles project, we are incredibly proud to have this project recognized for its work with young people to develop teamwork, leadership, sportsmanship, respect and honesty through rugby participation.

Now in its fourth year, BLAST has engaged with over 6000 male and female secondary school students, working across 22 schools in North London and upskilling 93 teachers to help create a rugby union culture within Barnet and the surrounding boroughs. We are looking forward to continuing the delivery of BLAST in new season with two new schools becoming part of the project and 47 teams competing in our rugby union school leagues.

 

Saracens School of Cheer Tumble Syllabus Awards Launch:

This term within our community cheerleading programme, Saracens School of Cheer we have launched a progressive tumble syllabus scheme which aims to encourage and support growth within one aspect of the team’s training: tumbling.

Our syllabus launched at the beginning of this term and all of our participants worked towards their level one: bronze, silver and gold certificates.

All of our athletes successfully achieved their level one awards in bronze silver and gold. For those who passed their gold award we have now progressed onto Level two!

 

Saracens Elite: Senior Level One

This is our newly created competitive cheerleading competition team!

In June we successfully held placement trials for our new competition team Saracens Elite. We had many of our senior athletes from within our School of cheer programme, alongside people from outside of our programmes attend our trial day.  It was a great day and we are now pleased to announce our successful team placements!

Introducing the Saracens Elite: Senior Level one team, we are very excited for this team to start training in September and we look forward to seeing the result of their first competition in February at the Copper box Arena in the Olympic park, London.