18th April 2017
On Tuesday 18th April, the Community Projects team at Pompey in the Community held an inclusive rugby event for young people with disabilities, additional needs and their families at Bransbury Park. The one day event combined two local citywide projects which share similar outcomes, though connect with different audiences; the Children in Need – No Limits & RFU Spirit of Rugby project’s both respectively aim to increase physical activity, address the perception of people with disabilities and develop a mental resilience among young people.
This event was designed and led by the fantastic team of volunteers aged 16-25 years old who are part of the Spirit of Rugby project. The Spirit of Rugby project is in collaboration with Rugby Football Union and Spirit of 2012 with the aim to develop young volunteers across the city. These 5 volunteers are young people who regularly give up their time each week to deliver fun and exciting rugby sessions to young people aged 9-25 years old and increase participation in rugby throughout the city. So far the Spirit of Rugby project has delivered rugby close to 1000 participants aged 9-25 years old, an incredible achievement and has over delivered on expectations. Three of the young volunteers have now obtained their Level 1 and 2 coaching qualifications due to the dedication they have put into this project.
An experienced grassroots coach from Portsmouth Rugby Football Club (RFC) who has recently become involved in the project came along the day and volunteered his time to coach the young people participating and made a fantastic contribution on the day.
The Children in Need project is targeted for young people aged 5-18 years old with disabilities and additional needs to engage in a range of inclusive and adapted sports. The event was designed to be open and inclusive to engage a range of people young and old and bring the community together through sport in a fun and accessible way.
This event was really successful and over 55 people from the local community got involved on the day and supported each other trying out new rugby focused inclusive activities. We had many new participants join into the event which was their first time participating in an event like this and they thoroughly enjoyed it.
One participant commented:
‘I really like rugby now! I have really enjoyed the day thank you.’
At the end of the session, all participants and their families participated in a game of tag rugby organised by the volunteers. A fantastic end to a great day!
One parent of participant commented:
‘Brilliant time, fabulous day. Great to see their Dads are able to get involved too.’
The weekly rugby sessions takes place every Wednesday at Bransbury Park from 5-6pm for young people aged 9-24 years old so come along and get involved. Please contact Beth Joslin on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to get involved in this fantastic community project.
If you are interested in finding out more about the PITC sessions on offer across the city for young people with disabilities and additional needs, please get in touch with Matt Lewsley on email@example.com.