The Schools of Rugby initiative provides schools package of resources enables more staff to deliver a rugby programme across the schools network, including a focused initiative for a number of S1 and S2 pupils, who receive up to five curricular and extra curricular sessions per week.
The broader rugby scheme consists of rugby teams at all ages, opportunities for the development of girls’ teams as well as non-playing opportunities for senior pupils in rugby coaching, refereeing, volunteering and running sport in local primary schools and rugby clubs.
Five hundred S1 and S2 pupils are involved in the focussed course and hundreds more benefit from the broader programme across participating schools.
Schools of Rugby provides a context for learning inside and outside of the classroom, allowing all pupils to experience rugby, and help to improve the fitness and physical literacy of players and in turn contribute to greater educational attainment.
The Schools of Rugby initiative was launched in the 2011/2012 season in 20 secondary schools across the Scotland. Six more schools are planned to start during the 2012/13 season.
The programme is funded through the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities initiative, in partnership with G4S.
Approximately quarter of a million pounds each year, from the seized proceeds of crime, is invested to create an environment where rugby makes a significant contribution to the delivery of A Curriculum for Excellence, and plays a central role in the life of the school.