OUR MISSION:
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.

Bad things happen to all of us - I lost my sister in the Marchioness disaster at the age of 16 and I became quite lost as a young man.

Rugby came into my life at a time when I really needed it - I had wonderful parents who would try to explain what was right and wrong. The thing about rugby is we would celebrate difference. You aren’t singled out in a negative way - it doesn’t matter if you are a differnt size to the person next to you, etc.

I have seen first-hand the impact sport can have on a life which is why I set up Rugby Works. I set it up 10 years ago but specifically started to work with vulnerable young people about 5 years ago.

“We aim to help them achieve sustained education and employment - it’s about delivering high impact support.”  

We aim to help them achieve sustained education and employment - it’s about delivering high impact support. Coaches deliver RugbyWorks in the schools to some of the most vulnerable children in our society. All of our young people have been excluded from mainstream education - whatever the surface behaviour is, the underlying cause tends to be similar.

Most schools are unable to provide the specialist interventions which are required. At one pupil referral unit in Tower hamlets, 45% of our young people live in poverty. Whether they are at home or on the streets there are very few safe places - perhaps most important to them are the lack of family structure.

Many of them must provide for themselves and often siblings as well. Some of the young people would go for days without eating.

Many would turn to gangs or crime as a way to gain validation.

All of these factors are at play when our young people reach the point of exclusion - shockingly only 1 in 100 people in alternative education provision achieve 5 GCSE’s.

It’s only through months of contact with our coaches that we can really understand the background of our young people.

Our coaches often pick up on particular safeguarding issues, for example gang related issues. One coach spoke about a student of his in Wandsworth who spent his weekend collecting knives and carrying them across London to be destroyed.

Some of our greatest success stories are from a smaller number of young women. For our girls, violence is much less common - it tends to be exclusion due to non-attendance as a result of bullying. 1 in 3 internet users are children and there is no hiding place anymore.

Many are unaware of the risks they take by broadcasting themselves to the world through apps like Snapchat and Instagram.

Living their young lives out in the open like this is an intense pressure.

“You are what you are exposed to in life, good and bad. No young person is born bad.”  

As you can see, RugbyWorks coaches expect to meet a wide variety of safeguarding challenges. We could not do what we do without the specialist support staff.

Our close collaboration with schools go far beyond sessions - before coaches meet with cohorts they get a deep understanding from the school of each individual. This way they can tailor their approach to each individual. This is the same teamwork we teach our young people on the field.

RugbyWorks coaches offer a twofold support system - try to equip young people to support themselves. 

Our aim is to provide young people with a journey of new experiences and opportunities.

Above all else our young people lack trust and our coaches gradually chip away over a long term plan and strive to grow the confidence and leadership of every young person.

They are encouraged to have their own voice and develop their own path.

"You are what you are exposed to in life, good and bad. No young person is born bad."

We work with a network of employability partners to give them a way out of the cycle that has put them there in the first place.

Achieve sustained education, employment or training after they leave the programme.

“Young people just need opportunities, people who care about them, look them in the eye and turn up over and over again to support them along their pathway.”  

By coupling personal development and future opportunity, rugby works changes the directions of young people’s lives.

We rely heavily on our partnerships with all the safeguarding agencies - we do believe we give young people the tools to develop a positive pathway.

68% of our young children are in sustained education, employment or training 12 months after leaving the programme.

8 out of 10 people who end up in prison have been excluded from mainstream education.

We need to act on this and get something done about it.

I used sport as a way of getting on the right path - rugby is just a tool. Young people just need opportunities, people who care about them, look them in the eye and turn up over and over again to support them along their pathway.

We’ve chosen to work with the hardest to reach young people. We have set success to be incredibly high.

You are changing a young person’s life and you can’t ask for more than that.

We have started small - 40 pupil referral units working with 200 young people. We are now working with 560 young people in 70 Alternative Provision sites across the country. 

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