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Premiership Rugby’s Aviva Tackling Numbers Programme praised by Member of Parliament


The Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Rugby Group today praised Premiership Rugby’s Aviva Tackling Numbers, an innovative community programme which uses rugby to teach maths in primary schools across England.

Julie Elliott MP, the Member of Parliament for Sunderland Central, visited pupils aged 7 to 9 taking part in the programme delivered by Newcastle Falcons Community Foundation at St Mary’s RC Primary School, Newcastle.

Mrs Elliott joined the Newcastle Falcons community team as the children took part in both a classroom maths session as well as outdoor activities.

"I am a huge fan of rugby so it’s been wonderful today to see how the Falcons are using fun and practical rugby-themed ideas both on the pitch and in the classroom to make maths’ lessons so enjoyable for these children." She said.

"Through Aviva Tackling Numbers, these children have the opportunity to build strong numeracy skills at an early age that should prove to be of real value in later life."

Aviva Tackling Numbers is an innovative and engaging programme for key stage 2 pupils, which seeks to make learning about maths fun, exciting and rewarding. Using rugby, the programme aims to harness the appeal of the sport and make a connection between numeracy skills and real life experiences.

As well as the Newcastle Falcons Community Foundation, the programme is delivered all 12 Premiership Rugby clubs across England and is also available online.

Wayne Morris, Director of Community and Corporate Social Responsibility at Premiership Rugby said, "I know Mrs Elliott is a great supporter of rugby so we are delighted that she has visited Aviva Tackling Numbers today."

"By utilising rugby’s appeal, we are improving children’s confidence with their number skills whilst enhancing the uptake and enjoyment of physical activity in the process. Last year we reached 13,500 children across 265 schools and we hope to repeat this success through the rest of the year."

For more information about Aviva Tackling Numbers, please visit

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