Rugby Is Helping Learners of All Ages; the Next Phase of the Innovative WRU Hub Programme Was Recently Launched, with 90 Schools, Colleges and Universities Appointing Full-Time Rugby Hub Officers, Part-Funded by the WRU. Here the WRU Explains How the Scheme Benefits All Learners

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Rugby Is Helping Learners of All Ages; the Next Phase of the Innovative WRU Hub Programme Was Recently Launched, with 90 Schools, Colleges and Universities Appointing Full-Time Rugby Hub Officers, Part-Funded by the WRU. Here the WRU Explains How the Scheme Benefits All Learners


SINCE the first hub officers were appointed in 2014, the amount of rugby played by pupils in participating schools and colleges has increased dramatically - 1,000% for boys and 11,000% for girls.

More than 3,900 pupils also became qualified rugby leaders, delivering the game to younger pupils within the school and community.

Along with re-establishing rugby participation within educational settings, a review found that the hub officers bring additional value to the schools, colleges and universities - such as improved attitude to learning and engaging challenging students in education. As a result, this next three-year hub programme aims to make an impact far deeper than simply increasing rugby participation.

By delivering positive rugby experiences to all pupils, male and female of all ages and abilities, including those with special educational needs as outlined in the WRU Disability Rugby strategy, there is a firm belief held, not only by those in the WRU participation department, but by the hub officers and education professionals on the ground, that the programme can make a real difference to the lives of young people all over Wales.

Former Wales captain Ryan Jones is passionate about the potential of this programme.

He said: "After three years' worth of learning and experience, we have evolved the hub model and the remit of the hub officers around Wales. We've realised through research that the hub programme has a wider role to play not only in the local community but in the school community as well.

"We've seen an uplift in attainment and retention of pupils in school; the inclusion and diversity of our offering has brought more people to the game so what we've spent time upskilling our hub officers - 90-odd around Wales - to engage new audiences in a new way where we try and make our game as inclusive and as diverse as we possibly can.

"Yes it's about boys and girls playing 15-a-side contact rugby within their education establishments and clubs but it's also about boys and girls who want to play sevens, touch and tag, run their own tournaments, coach their peers, referee their peers, produce sports media content and use rugby to build a real sense of community because that is what the future sustainability of the game is going to be built on."

The 75-times capped Wales international and British and Irish Lion said: "I know what rugby gave me and seen the impact it made on me throughout my childhood and early adult life and now my professional career, so I understand the wider benefits that rugby has.

"Rugby is still in the DNA of our society and through initiatives like this which are ground breaking, we are desperately trying to stay ahead of the curve and addressing some of the societal issues that we all face.

"We realise we have a duty to Welsh society as the governing body of our national game which means so much to most of us.

"We can create new traditions. It might mean rugby being played in a different way but it will still carry all the characteristics and values of rugby - essentially groups of people interacting and having fun."

Former Wales Sevens international Lloyd Evans embodies the "Rugby For All" motto of the WRU Participation Department.

As a new hub officer at Maesteg Comprehensive, he is already providing new opportunities to pupils throughout the school, with pupils in the school's SEN unit now taking part in regular rugby sessions.

"The role isn't just about running a senior boys' team - although we didn't even have a senior team a few years ago and now we have boys and girls' teams throughout the school - it's about being a role model around the school too," he explains. …

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