Fixtures - Top Bar

Saracens’ GET ONSIDE wins major award

Saracens emerged victorious when they met Bath Rugby in the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final in May and the London side once again triumphed over their West Country rivals to win the BreakThru Award at the All Party Parliamentary Rugby Union Group Premiership Rugby Community Awards tonight.

The BreakThru Award – in partnership with BT Sport – is designed to reward a programme or one-off piece of activity that delivers a significant social change in their community.

Saracens GET ONSIDE! scheme, which uses rugby to engage young men at Feltham Young Offenders Institute and help them turn their lives around, was selected by the four judges ahead of Bath Rugby Foundation’s ‘Stickability’ literacy programme, which was also acclaimed by the panel.
 
Sarries received their gong at an awards evening at the House of Commons and judge Genevieve Shore, who is a former England international, admits GET ONSIDE! was the deserved winner.
 
“It’s just an absolutely amazing programme,” said Shore.
 
“The key headline and why we love the programme is that the national average for reoffending is 78 per cent but for the young men who’ve been through the programme the reoffending rate is ten per cent.
 
“The biggest thing for us was the social impact – they’ve tackled something really difficult and they’ve put rugby at the heart of it.
 
“These are young men learning to play rugby and they play a match at the end of the programme, which for some is the first time they’ve played competitive sport at all.
 
“We like the fact that it was a really difficult social problem and that rugby was at the heart of changing these young men’s lives.”
 
GET ONSIDE! has been running for two-and-a-half years after being piloted back in 2012 and is a structured, 10-week programme run inside Feltham Young Offenders Institute designed to impart skills for them to thrive in life outside the gates.
 
The young offenders are taken through rugby training, coaching, fitness and refereeing, as well as being taught a rugby themed personal development and functional skills programme in the classroom.
 
The initiative, which Saracens hooker and Aviva Community Player of the Year winner Jamie George has been heavily involved with, also includes a structured programme for the young offenders outside the gates to help them re-adapt to life on the outside.
 
And while Shore acknowledges that GET ONSIDE! warranted the nod, she concedes that the competition from Bath’s ‘Stickability’ scheme, which won the SW Region’s Department for Education Character Award earlier this year, was fierce.
 
“It was a really difficult decision – the Bath programme was fantastic and they’re tackling a real issue in our country of literacy,” added Shore.
 
“We like the fact that they were targeting deprived areas and covering a wide area of the West Country.
 
“They were really measuring the impact of what they were doing and helping children to think differently about challenges in life.”

Latest News

Saracens and London Irish to kick off the season at Twickenham

SARACENS and London Irish will help launch the 2017-18 Premiership Rugby season after being chosen as the home sides for…

Ex-England star Susie Appleby excited to lead Gloucester-Hartpury in inaugural Women’s Super Rugby campaign

Former England international Susie Appleby believes it’s an exciting time for women’s rugby as she issues a rallying cry to…

Wasps confirm 2017/18 pre-season schedule

Wasps have today confirmed their 2017/18 pre-season schedule, which will see them face Connacht Rugby and Ulster Rugby, as well…

Wasps celebrate

Quartet sign Academy contracts with Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby is delighted to confirm that Rhys Davies, Wil Partington, Miles Reid, and Kieran Verden have all signed long-term…

Todd Blackadder

Clare Daniels hoping to inspire the next generation of female rugby referees

The first female official in Aviva Premiership Rugby history, Clare Daniels, has urged girls and women to take up officiating…

Luke McLean enthused by London Irish move

Luke McLean is looking to reignite his international career under Italy Head Coach Conor O’Shea following his summer move to…

All Black Francis Saili joins Harlequins

Harlequins is excited to confirm today (Wednesday 21st June) that All Black Francis Saili has joined the Club. Commenting on…

Francis Saili

Bath Rugby sign Phillips from Bristol Rugby

Bath Rugby is pleased to announce the signing of James Phillips, who has joined the Club from Bristol Rugby until…

JamesPhillips1

Nowell gets two tries as Lions see off Chiefs in Hamilton

Exeter Chiefs’ Jack Nowell returned to his sparkling best with two tries for the British & Irish Lions in their…

Nalaga a big coup for Irish says international teammate Tikoirotuma

Explosive wing Napolioni Nalaga can be an big hit in every sense of the word during next season's Aviva Premiership…

Masi and Everard return to Wasps alongside new Academy Manager Jonathan Pendlebury

Wasps are pleased to announce a new Academy structure ahead of the 2017/18 season. The new set-up sees former Yorkshire…

The new Wasps academy coaches

Sale Sharks announce signing of Australia international James O’Connor

Sale Sharks have announced the latest in a wave of world class signings, as they confirm Australian International James O’Connor…

Sale Sharks announce signing of Australia international James O’Connor

Lions prepared for final warm-up before All Blacks Test

After a crucial victory against the Maori All Blacks, the British & Irish Lions are just a single match away…

Wasps sign Paul Doran-Jones and David Langley

Wasps today confirm the signing of props Paul Doran-Jones and David Langley, while loosehead Tom Bristow is confirmed as leaving…

Paul Doran-Jones

Venter integral to Du Plessis opting to join London Irish

Petrus Du Plessis says Brendan Venter was a key factor in his decision to move to London Irish this summer.…

Fight and spirit shone through despite defeat, says England U20 coach Vass

Head coach Ian Vass hailed his England U20 side’s fight and spirit after they were beaten in the World Rugby…

Match Report: England U20s 17 New Zealand U20s 64

New Zealand ran in ten tries as they overpowered England in the final of the World Rugby Under 20s championship…

Aviva Premiership Rugby stars see home nations complete clean sweep

It’s been a busy weekend of international rugby and there were plenty of stand-out performances from a whole host of…

Supreme England secure series win in Argentina

Will Collier scored the winning try as England secured a hard-fought 2-0 series win against Argentina in another enthralling Test match.…