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Premiership and Zurich joins up with Prince’s Trust

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HELPING YOUNG PEOPLE TACKLE THEIR PROBLEMS THE PRINCE'S TRUST, PREMIERSHIP CLUBS AND ZURICH JOIN FORCES

Young people at risk of dropping out of school are to be given help tackling their problems, thanks to an exciting new partnership between schools, The Prince's Trust, financial services giant Zurich and Premiership Rugby Clubs.

The organisations are joining forces to back Prince’s Trust xl clubs – offering inspiring and motivational personal development programmes linked to the National Curriculum for 14-16 year old students at risk of exclusion, truancy or underachievement.

The expanding xl programme provides both Zurich and the Premiership Clubs with the opportunity to support their local community by linking rugby’s team-based values with the delivery of practical skills such as working together, motivation, organisation and leadership.

Zurich Premiership Rugby Clubs will support the xl clubs in many ways:

  • players will visit xl clubs and talk with students about topics such as teamwork and facing challenges
  • stadium visits will include team-building exercises from coaches, and tag tournaments
  • xl students will be able to attend Premiership matches
  • students will have use of Premiership club facilities, such as IT facilities for work training and conference rooms for xl club celebration days

    The partnership, has already been successfully piloted by London Wasps and Newcastle Falcons, and is now being rolled out to Leicester Tigers, Saracens and the Northampton Saints.  More of the 12 top Premiership teams will follow soon after.

    Martin Johnson, England and Leicester Tigers Captain said:

    "It's fantastic that the Zurich Premiership Clubs and The Prince's Trust are working together to help young people. Sport can play an important role in teaching skills that are important in every day life, such as being motivated and supporting others in your team. With the right backing, we can all take pride in our achievements."

    Leslie Morphy, Director of Policy and Programmes at The Prince's Trust said:

    "Sport helps us engage the hardest to reach young people. Rugby is one of our major sport partnerships and we know it will play a major role in providing young people with a chance to get their lives working."

    Chris Staples, Zurich’s Director of Community Affairs said:

    "This innovative partnership gives vulnerable teenagers a second chance.  Working with local schools, the Princes Trust and the Premiership clubs we hope that together we will create a real and long-lasting impact on many young lives.”

    ENDS

    For further information contact either Jane Hewin at Zurich on 01793 505131 or Katharine Mahoney at The Prince's Trust on 020 7543 1348

    Notes to Editors

    1. Zurich Financial Services is an insurance-based financial services provider with an international network that focuses its activities on its key markets of North America, the United Kingdom and Continental Europe. Founded in 1872, Zurich is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland. It has offices in more than 50 countries and employs about 64,000 people.

    Zurich seeks to be a responsible corporate citizen and considers it an important part of successful business performance.  Community remains high on its agenda.  Zurich has a strong track record of supporting local communities with funding, time and expertise and has received recognition for its groundbreaking work from Business In the Community, Whitbread and the Insurance Times. The Zurich Community Trust, a registered charity funded by pre-tax profits and donations from its people, provides an umbrella for all community involvement in the UK. · Zurich Cares Trust Programmes create sustainable change through long-term funding and active involvement.  Zurich works closely with innovative partners to significantly impact the lives of disadvantaged people in the UK and overseas.  The Programmes tackle social exclusion, dementia and the most vulnerable older people’s issues. · Zurich Cares manages Zurich employees' and financial advisers' £1 million donations, 20,000 hours of volunteering including more than 200 annual challenge activities.  Visit our website on www.zurich.org.uk for more details.

    2. The Prince’s Trust helps young people to overcome barriers and get their lives working. Through practical support including training, mentoring and financial assistance, it helps 14-30 year-olds to realise their potential and transform their lives. The Trust focuses on young people who struggle at school, are in or leaving care, are long-term unemployed or have been in trouble with the law. Since the charity was founded by HRH The Prince of Wales in 1976, it has helped nearly half a million young people.

    3. The Prince's Trust xl clubs are a team-based programme of personal development based in schools for pupils 'at risk' of truanting and under-achievement. Clubs improve attendance, motivation and social skills. Last year The Prince's Trust helped 4,605 young people at risk of exclusion through over 467 xl clubs operating throughout the UK.

    The Prince's Trust partnership with Zurich and Premiership rugby clubs builds on The Trust's highly successful partnerships with football and cricket. For more information contact The Prince's Trust press office on 020 7543 7411.

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