G4S Street Rugby is part of the Scottish Government’s Cashback for Communities scheme, where the proceeds of crime are recovered and reinvested in Scottish communities.
The scheme takes a portable version of non-contact rugby into areas of urban and rural deprivation. It targets areas where there are fewer opportunities for children, or where young people are disengaged from sporting activities.
The format of G4S StreetRugby is completely flexible and can be set up almost anywhere. The key is that the club development officers find a way to engage with the young people they find there.
Some young people respond to the community development officers and the bright and unusual equipment, in particular the tackle shields, passing mannequins and the G4S Street Rugby inflatables. Others are more reluctant and need to build up trust and rapport before they take full part.
Sessions are tailored to suit the numbers of players, their level of skill or experience.
The community development officers lead whatever activities they think will suit the participants such as small-sided games of touch or tag rugby, practice passing and kicking skills, or help burn off some energy and aggression using the contact pads.
G4S Street Rugby in Carntyne, Glasgow
G4S Events sponsors this programme. This support has allowed Scottish Rugby to extend the programme beyond its original targets, and is very much appreciated.