May 10, 2016
It’s been a ‘BLAST’!
The BLAST spotlight has been fixed on year 7 and 8 rugby students this term. In January 3 new schools joined the programme as well as the year 7 and 8 league system bursting into life. Both male and female students from Aylward Academy, Highlands School and Southgate School experienced first class curriculum based rugby delivery from our Saracens Sport Foundation coaches, whilst school teachers shadowed and observed the sessions to improve their personal knowledge and development.
The BLAST Programme in its 5th academic year, now 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.
After completing league fixtures in both year 7 and 8, the semi-finals took place for an opportunity to compete at Allianz Park in the grand finals. Finchley Catholic met East Barnet in the year 7 final demonstrating some hugely physical defence and fast flowing attack play. Finchley Catholic were too strong for their opposition, East Barnet on this occasion running out winners to claim the year 7 title.
In the year 8 final, students from Mill Hill County met Finchley Catholic. Quick out of the traps Finchley Catholic ran into a convincing lead looking comfortable at half time, however Mill Hill County soon found their feet after the break and started showing off some fine offloading and continuity with ball in hand. Unfortunately for them they had left themselves a little too much to do from the first half and Finchley Catholic completed the double, running out deserved 35-15 winners.
Rhys Goldsmith, a member of PE staff at Finchley Catholic exclaimed “It’s been fantastic from start to finish. The kids have loved it and worked incredibly hard! It’s always great to bring the kids down to Allianz Park!”
Over the next 6 weeks our attention is focussed on supporting our schools with their girl’s rugby delivery ahead of a girl’s festival in June.
For more information on the BLAST Programme please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org