Dallaglio RugbyWorks is an intensive, long-term skills development programme based on rugby, through which we aim to get teenagers outside of mainstream education into sustained education, employment or training.
National RugbyWorks Tournament
As the second term of the year came to a close before the Easter holidays, we held our inaugural National RugbyWorks Tournament.
The first RugbyWorks National Tournament took place in Loughborough, bringing together 17 schools from across London, Newcastle, South Wales, and the South West.
The RugbyWorks Tournaments act as both a reward and incentive for our young people’s commitment to the programme. They provide an opportunity for us to remove them from their comfort zones, and put into practice what they have learned; particularly with respect to communication, teamwork, determination, leadership and respect. With 25% of this year’s cohort having already attended employability days since the beginning of 2016, alongside weekly RugbyWorks sessions, it was a great opportunity for young people, teachers, supporters and volunteers to witness some of these outcomes, out on the field.
The day kicked off with a welcome from Lawrence Dallaglio, and after some words of encouragement and excitement, pupils were eager to get together into their respective teams and work in unison to be crowned winners. Aside from some phenomenal skills on show, the levels of sportsmanship and discipline were exemplary, with Dave Ward, Head of Limes College commenting “I'm really proud of how the guys did, not just on the scoresheet, but how they carried themselves throughout the day. This is always a great day to show how far they have come”. Such a sentiment was recognised by all, as Limes were ultimately given the ‘Team of the Tournament’ prize by Lawrence and CEO Rachel Roxburgh.
Contrary to the Six Nations fixture the Saturday before, Wales came out victorious in an all Wales final. Tonypandy Community College defeated Porth County to be crowned the 2016 RugbyWorks National Tournament champions.
We’d like to extend a big thank you to all those who made the day possible, including all pupils, schools, teachers, volunteers, the RFU, Derby Road Playing Fields, Green’s Catering, Ian Roxburgh Photography, and all those invaluable organisations and individuals that support our work throughout the year.