Harlequins stars Danny Care, Nick Evans and Paul Doran Jones swapped scrums for sums today as they headed back to the classroom to take on a team of 7-9 year olds to support the Aviva Tackling Numbers programme, an innovative partnership launched with Premiership Rugby and its 12 clubs this season.
Following research from Aviva, which revealed 60% of parents struggle to help their children with maths homework*, the players, who all have children themselves, put brains before brawn in a head-to-head maths challenge against the kids.
The children, from Bishops Perrin C of E Primary School in Twickenham, which is already benefiting from the Aviva Tackling Numbers programme, showed they were more than a match for their rugby heroes, as they were asked a series of maths questions taken from the programme. After tackling numbers in the classroom, the children took to the playing field and enjoyed a tag rugby session, hosted by the Harlequins players.
The innovative programme from Aviva Premiership Rugby is aimed at improving numeracy levels amongst more than 38,000 children across England over a three-year period. As well as Harlequins, the programme is set to be delivered in 720 primary schools by the eleven other Premiership Rugby Clubs. Along with delivering maths in a fun and engaging way, the programme is aimed at preparing young people for their future, where basic financial skills are a necessity.
The programme has also received the pfeg (Personal Finance Education Group) Quality Mark after being independently assessed by the UK’s leading financial education charity.
Heather Smith, Marketing Director, Aviva UK from Aviva said:
"It’s great to bring the Harlequins players, Danny, Nick and Paul, to Bishops Perrin C of E Primary School, where the positive impact of the Aviva Tackling Numbers programme is already being felt. It’s unsurprising that maths tops the list of subjects parents dread the most, and it was great to see the players, who are all parents themselves, put their maths skills to the test against the children. Whether it’s at home or in the classroom, the Aviva Tackling Numbers programme is an engaging resource that builds children’s and parents’ confidence in numeracy skills”.
Danny Care said:
“It feels quite strange being back in the classroom; it’s a long time since I was in one! Numbers are vitally important in day-to-day life, whether on the pitch or at home, so it’s great to see the children embracing the Aviva Tackling Numbers programme.”
You can put your maths to the test and find out more about the Tackling Numbers programme by visiting www.aviva.co.uk/tacklingnumbers.
About the study:
*Polling conducted by Onepoll in October 2014, with 2000 parents across the UK.