Premiership Rugby’s community programmes share Twickenham spotlight
While two teams will battle it out at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday, June 1, in a bid to be crowned Gallagher Premiership Rugby Champions, a host of youngsters will also be starring throughout the day courtesy of Premiership Rugby’s community programmes.
As part of Premiership Rugby’s plan to improve a million lives, 310,000 people a year come in contact with one of our community initiatives.
And around 1,000 of those will attend the Gallagher Premiership Rugby Final, gracing the hallowed Twickenham turf and rubbing shoulders with some of the biggest names in rugby.
Make sure to stay in your seats at half-time and keep an eye out for hundreds of Project Rugby participants as they take part in a special half-time display on the pitch.
Project Rugby is a joint initiative between Premiership Rugby and England Rugby, challenging under-representation in the sport from BAME, low socio-economic backgrounds and disabled people.
Run in partnership with Gallagher, Project Rugby is delivered in local communities by Premiership Rugby clubs and has recently reached the impressive landmark of engaging 25,000 new players with rugby union.
In the last two years, 3,340 participants from BAME backgrounds, 17,715 from low socio-economic groups and 4,652 disabled people have picked up a rugby ball and become involved with the game through the project.
In the most reason phase of Project Rugby (2018-19 season), young women and girls made up 41 per cent of participants, the highest proportion to date.
Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup
Also getting a feel for the world-famous Twickenham Stadium will be hundreds of young rugby hopefuls from 24 different under-11 and under-12 teams from across the country, courtesy of the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup, which is now in its 11th year and a key component of Land Rover’s ongoing commitment to grassroots rugby.
A Land Rover ambassador will join them before the game for a Q&A session after presenting the Junior Land Rover Discovery of the Season awards, as well as medals and signed shirts.
As part of HITZ, Premiership Rugby’s award-winning education and employability programme, which works with over 2,000 14-to-18 year-olds across England every year, young people from each Premiership club have been invited to London for an action-packed weekend.
This includes the chance to walk out at Twickenham Stadium, a day of team-building activities with the Royal Navy, and an inspirational talk with Paul Vice, an ex-Royal Marine and Invictus Games gold medal-winner.
Learners taking part in the programme, which is funded by partners Land Rover, Comic Relief and Wooden Spoon, use rugby’s core values of teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship to get back into education, training, apprenticeships and/or employment, and is delivered nationally by England’s 13 professional rugby clubs.
Before the Gallagher Premiership Rugby Final kicks off, there is a demonstration on the pitch from school children who are part of Tacking Health.
Delivered nationally by Premiership Rugby clubs across England, and in partnership with the Greggs Foundation, the key aims of the project are to improve young people’s understanding of what constitutes healthy eating and a healthy diet and to increase levels of physical activity.
The schools involved are Rivermead Primary School, Oasis Academy Connaught, Wilcombe Primary School, Primrose Hill School, Fairholme Primary School, Guildford Grove School, Braunstone Community Primary School, The Langley Academy, Byker Primary School, Earl Spencer Primary School, Gaskell Primary School, Hurst Drive School, Twickenham Primary School and Oasis Academy Warndon
Move Like A Pro
And finally, there is a festival taking place just over the road at Kneller Hall the morning of the Gallagher Premiership Rugby Final, featuring participants of Move Like A Pro.
Move Like A Pro is a 12-week programme designed by Premiership Rugby’s professional rugby coaches for people who aren’t currently particularly active, inspiring a legacy of long-term lifestyle change across the rugby fan community.
Offering both classroom and activity-based health interventions, including those related to levels of physical activity, diet changes, social connectedness and mental wellbeing, MLAP is open to both men and women.