ABOUT US

We are a social enterprise that uses rugby as a positive tool for change, working with young people in state schools in the London boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark & Lewisham. Using rugby to develop character, resilience and confidence as well as promoting health, wellbeing and positive nutritional choices, we support young people, creating an environment that offers them an opportunity to improve their attitude, attainment and attendance at school, so that they can be the best that they can be.

We work closely with local community rugby clubs to provide pathways for further rugby development, linking clubs, schools and colleges to the local community to forge links that strengthen connections and foster community cohesion. Where appropriate we also provide additional support to disadvantaged children to maintain the inclusive nature of our building character through rugby programme.

OUR VISION TARGET MISSION & VALUES

Our core values are those of our National Governing Body

teamwork | respect | enjoyment | discipline | sportsmanship

WHAT WE DO

Our building character through rugby programme supports children of all ages and we deliver sessions in pre-schools, primary schools, secondary schools and colleges.

The programme includes breakfast, lunchtime and after school clubs as well as core PE curriculum sessions where we introduce young people to the game of rugby and its ethos focussing on England Rugby’s core values:

teamwork | respect | enjoyment | discipline | sportsmanship

We focus on whole child development that delivers in addition to core rugby skills a focus on improving the three As:

Attitude | Attainment | Attendance

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In addition, we offer personal development for teachers, facilitating their qualification as rugby coaches, offering them the opportunity to confidently deliver rugby sessions themselves at school.

We also offer the young people in our programme England Rugby Young Rugby Leader courses and the England Rugby Young Rugby Ambassador programme. These courses develop student’s real life skills including leadership, teamwork, decision making, communication, resilience, confidence and organisation and complement the rugby sessions that reinforce these qualities.

We are committed to connecting schools, colleges, local rugby clubs and the wider community to support real improvements in community cohesion, using rugby as a positive catalyst for change.

 

HELP US MAKE A DIFFERENCE

As a social enterprise, we are always looking for funding support to allow us to deliver our programme. If you are interested in supporting our work please contact us at info@giveitatry.org.uk.

You will be helping to give young people an opportunity to be the best that they can be. Alternatively, if you click on the easyfundraising logo below you can support us at no cost to yourself.

Please bookmark our website and return regularly. We will be developing fundraising opportunities, including some new ways to support our aims and objectives. We believe that rugby can build character, please help us make a difference?

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Our building character through rugby programme is extremely flexible and can be developed in partnership with your school to ensure that you get the combination of rugby delivery, mentoring and character development that you require. Please click on the image below that best reflects the age group of your students for more information.

OUR 2015/16 ACADEMIC YEAR PERFORMANCE

OUR 2016/17 ACADEMIC YEAR PERFORMANCE

OUR TEAM

Spike Kenny
Spike Kenny

Director of Coaching & Founder

Established Give it a try! as a social enterprise in August 2014 and has never looked back. Rugby is his passion and to be able to coach young people every day is his dream job. Spike has coached as a volunteer for 14 years at the Old Alleynian Rugby Club and is currently the club’s Academy Director, Coach Coordinator and Community Outreach Officer. From Monday to Friday he coaches rugby in schools and at the weekend, to relax, he coaches rugby. He is passionate about using rugby as a positive tool to increase young people’s life chances, make them more employable and provide them with the opportunity to be the best that they can be. Life couldn’t get any better!

Charli Kenny
Charli Kenny

Operations Manager

Charli has recently graduated from Leeds University with a 2:1 in International Business and joins Give it a try! as a part-time member of staff to take on the growing administrative role. She turns her hand to everything from data collection and data management to finance, marketing and even coaching as she leads on our Pre-School programme, coaching 2 – 5 year olds. A county swimmer and keen sports women she has played numerous sports and loves rugby. She has volunteered at Old Alleynians since she was a young girl and is a keen follower of Leicester Tigers and England.

We deliver our coaching through a network of volunteers and freelance coaches,who work with us to deliver a flexible ever-changing programme across a growing number of schools.

Junior Coaches: Through our partnership with Old Alleynian Rugby Club and their Academy Programme (U16s to U18s) we support youth player development through the:

  • RFU Young Rugby Ambassador Programme: developing player’s confidence and competence as rugby coaches at grassroots club level, through club volunteering opportunities.
  • Supporting U18 player’s development as competent coaches via recognised RFU qualifications covering coaching, safeguarding and first aid. These junior coaches deliver introductions to rugby in primary schools and support senior coaches.

Senior Coaches: For our more extensive building character through rugby programmes in secondary schools we utilise senior level 2 coaches, including our founder, who works in several local schools that we’ve had partnerships since our inception in August 2014. Our coaches all have enhanced DBS checks, managed through the RFU’s eDBS system.

If you would like to work with us and are an RFU Level 2 Coach with relevant schools experience, please send your CV (rugby playing and coaching experience) to info@giveitatry.org.uk We are always looking for new coaches to support and extend our programme.

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OUR SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES