"Whether in group sessions or at a successful Employability Day with Bidfood, Dan became an example for others to follow".

Lindsay, Newcastle Coach, Dallaglio RugbyWorks


Dan first came to us in 2015 as a Year 10 student. Back then, his tendency to let frustrations boil over and to lash out at peers and staff was holding back his talent for sport. Patience was crucial. Dan’s coaches listened and slowly helped him manage his anger.

Something big happened for Dan as he joined us for year two: he signed up with a local rugby club. Suddenly, he was excited to come to RugbyWorks and share everything he learned there. His coaches quickly spotted the change and handed Dan greater leadership, allowing his confidence to flourish.

It wasn’t long before a proud Dan led his school out onto Wasps’ Ricoh Arena pitch for the RugbyWorks National Tournament. It turned into a tough day for his team but, whereas his teammates would once have feared his outbursts, they now gravitated towards him to provide a calm and supportive presence.

His leadership on that day was indicative of Dan’s growth during two years of RugbyWorks. Whether in group sessions or at a successful Employability Day with Bidfood, he had become an example for others to follow. It’s a thrill to know that Dan achieved the grades he needed and has now moved on, studying Construction at college and building a bright future for himself.

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