Saracens - Foundation - On The Front Foot

On The Front Foot is an innovative education programme for 11-18 year olds aimed at using rugby’s core values (Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline, Sportsmanship) to develop positive character traits through the use of rugby themed classroom and practical activities.

It is funded by DfE as part of a £3.5m grant programme which is committed to helping all children develop a set of attributes and behaviours that underpin success in education and work.

In Primary schools, year six children will be targeted as part of their transition into secondary schools, helping to build teamwork and communication to increase confidence ahead of their transition from a small, familiar school into a much larger secondary school. 6 x 2 hour weekly sessions will teach a rugby core value and life skill, with the school taking part in a local tag rugby festival with other participating schools at the end of the programme.

The programme is designed to work across all communities and, as such, there will be a balance of economic backgrounds supported. 27% of schools will come from the top 20% IMD i.e. deprived areas; 50% from lower/middle income areas, and the remainder from more affluent areas.

In Secondary schools, children from years 9, 10 and 11 will be targeted to assist the transition into adult life, and all the decisions that come with this, both academically and personally. Increasing focus, discipline, confidence and raising aspiration will support this increased responsibility they are facing. There will be 6 x 1 hour sessions during curriculum time, which will tackle a core value weekly in addition to extra-curricular sessions using kinaesthetic methods which will target risk factor learners or those who prefer practical learning, ensuring equity of provision.

If you would like to know more information about this project, please contact: Tom Gamage | Rugby Participation Manager | Tel: 0203 675 7244 | Email: