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.

The Ricoh Arena in Coventry played host to our second National RugbyWorks Tournament this week, bringing together 14 schools from across London, Newcastle, Bristol and South Wales. 

The tournament gave our young people the chance to display all they’ve learned so far on their RugbyWorks journey on the field at the new home of Lawrence’s lifelong club, Wasps. When each player had soaked up their surroundings in awe, Lawrence opened proceedings officially with some words of encouragement and gratitude to the club. He urged the assembled RugbyWorks students to grasp the special opportunity to play on the pitch, one he had only enjoyed a handful of times himself.

The privilege was clearly not lost on our young people who treated supporters, volunteers and school staff to a demonstration of outstanding commitment, attitude and teamwork throughout the day. We witnessed perhaps some of the best quality rugby seen in a tournament to date as they all rose to the occasion. Eventually, it was Porth County Community School from South Wales and The Limes College from Sutton who battled their way to the Final. Porth took their opportunity to avenge Wales’ last gasp 6 nations defeat to England in February, snatching victory from The Limes and taking the Trophy back to the Rhondda.

Team of the Day was awarded by the coaches to Tonypandy Community College, whose exemplary conduct on and off the field was a huge credit to their school. Tyrone Adams of Springfields School took home Player of the Tournament, a great accolade for his hard work; “I had no idea, it’s just really nice to be recognised,” he said.

As always with the RugbyWorks programme, the day was just as much about off-field activities. Young people (and coaches!) tested their strength and reaction time with the Wasps strength and conditioning team and explored healthy eating with a hands on demonstration from Lexington Catering. Macquarie Group brought the world of finance pitch side with some trading games and wheel guns fired as the Halfords tyre change challenge drew competition almost as fierce as the rugby itself. Stadium tours and a Q & A with Wasps players Jake Cooper-Wooley and Will Rowlands topped off what was a very special day for our young people.

We’d like to extend a big thank you to all those who made the day possible, including all pupils, schools, teachers, volunteers, Halfords Autocentres, Macquarie Group, Lexington Catering, Graham Dodridge, Wasps RFC, and all those invaluable organisations and individuals that support our work throughout the year.

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