Saracens - Having A Blast!!

Feb 29, 2016

Having A Blast!!


The new year has seen the BLAST Programme ignite rugby into 3 new secondary schools across North London. Year 7 and 8 students from Highlands School, Southgate School and Aylward Academy have received intense curriculum based rugby delivery courtesy of the Saracens Sport Foundation coaches.

The BLAST Programme now in its 5th academic year looks to engage new to rugby secondary schools across North London through direct curriculum based delivery, teacher training and competition opportunities, utilizing our unique facility here at Allianz Park. Sustainability is our key objective with each school having rugby embedded within their curriculum plans going forwards. 5 years ago 3 schools were engaged through the BLAST Programme, now we have engaged over 5,500 students and 25 secondary schools with sustainable Rugby Union being delivered on their curriculum. 38 school staff are now qualified referees and 48 school teams are registered to compete in the BLAST league system, year 7-11.

With East Barnet & Finchley Catholic claiming the year 9, 10 and 11 league titles before Christmas, attention now focuses on the year 7 and 8 leagues. With the leagues in full swing fixture nights have been held at Allianz Park, hosting over 150 students playing competitive contact rugby. One of our new schools, Walthamstow Academy recently entered the Waltham Forest year 7 and 8 girls festival running out competition winners! They will now go on to represent Waltham Forest in March at the London Regional festival! Head of PE, Laura Fletcher said “This is a fantastic achievement for the girls, having only been introduced to rugby a matter of a few months ago, this is a great reward for their efforts and commitment”.

Over the next few months we will be working towards the year 7 and 8 BLAST Finals at Allianz Park as well as looking forward to our girls festival in the summer term!

For more information about the BLAST Programme please email joshward@saracens.net

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