Saracens - 'Strictly Sarrie' has arrived!

Apr 22, 2015

'Strictly Sarrie' has arrived!

Saracens Sport Foundation in London are delighted to announce that BBC Children in Need has awarded them a grant of £31,251 over three years. This grant will fund Strictly Sarrie, which is a dance project catering to 11-18year olds with autism across North London.

This project will provide after school dance sessions to young people with autism enabling them to increase their health and fitness levels and social interaction and develop key life and social skills. These dance sessions will increase the chances for 11-18year olds with autism across North London to engage in dance opportunities. Dance encourages a more active lifestyle improving mental health, physical health, wellbeing and opportunities for social engagement. Participants are partnered up with a trained member of staff and volunteers to towards dance routines to film and/or perform to friends and family. This project will offer exposure to new and different experiences improve life skills, increase confidence and self-esteem for autistic young people.

‘Strictly Sarrie’ will add to our current sessions for teens with autism. Having two well established groups running at Allianz Park, one sports skills, Sarries Skills Club and one tag rugby, Sarries RFC. As well as providing dance sessions for young people, we also have a respite area for parents onsite. This provides a safe space for parents to relax and meet new people, creating a great community feel for participants and parents alike. With the support of BBC Children in Need, Strictly Sarrie is able to reach out to young people with autism in North London. We are able to support a specialist community dance officer to deliver after school provision and we can offer these sessions free of charge to all participants

Annabel Hay, the project manager at Strictly Sarrie said; “We could not reach out to the young people in North London without the support of BBC Children in Need. We are so excited to expand our disability provision to include dance and cheerleading, appealing to a whole new group of young people with autism and learning difficulties. Seeing everyone having fun and expressing themselves, whilst learning new skills and building up both their fitness levels and social skills is fantastic.’’


BBC Children in Need funding relies on the energy and commitment of thousands of fundraisers and supporters across the UK who donate their time and money to support the Appeal.  Whether it’s cake sales, wearing pyjamas to school or having a song and dance, every penny of the money raised goes towards supporting projects across the UK.

All grants go to projects working with children and young people living in the UK who may be affected by homelessness, neglect, abuse or poverty, or those who have faced challenges in their lives such as serious illness, disabilities and psychological disorders.

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