The BLAST Programme jumped into life on the 22nd November as it saw over 95 year 7 and 8 pupils congregate at Hendon RFC for the first of many ‘Fixture Nights’. Students from The Totteridge Academy, St James’ Catholic High School, The Compton School, Whitefield School and Capital City Academy came together to showcase the growing potential school rugby has in the North London area.
The ‘Fixture Night’ gives local schools the opportunity to get as much game time as possible in an informal setup, competing against other schools in a quest to develop school rugby in North London. School staff have an ideal opportunity to not only exchange contacts for potential future school fixtures, but also a great opportunity to develop their personal knowledge by both coaching and refereeing these games. The whole night has a huge educational emphasis on it as the Saracens Community Coaches seek not only to educate the students by supplying them with match opportunities but also to supply constructive feedback to school staff.
The BLAST Programme, supported by Sopra Group, will be engaging with 4 new to rugby secondary schools in the Barnet area after Christmas, where Saracens Sport Foundation Coaches will be delivering rugby intensely throughout the term and supporting each school’s needs. The programme will use the core values of rugby to not only see obvious improvement on the rugby pitch but also to see positive change in and around everyday school life. As part of this delivery the programmes objective is to not only educate the students but to also teach the teachers in order for the school to become self sustaining in years to come.
For more information about the ‘BLAST’ Programme please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 01707 285026.