“Everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy memorable experiences and build valuable life skills, so we’re pleased to support these ongoing efforts to help improve the lives of young people in the North West.”

Jason Thomas, CEO of tappit

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Our session started like any other, we arrived at our afternoon session at New Horizons in Warrington, we signed in and proceeded round the back of the school to set up grids for the session and wait for the young people to arrive after their lunch.

The first young people arrive and immediately ask if they can get the balls out of the bag to practice their kicking and catching, completely ignoring the camera crew at the side of the pitch ready to film the session as today we were lucky enough to have two Bury FC players to participate in the session and conduct a Q & A at the end.

Eventually the rest of the cohort arrive and we split the group into two ready to start a game of touch rugby, being located in warrington, as massive rugby league town, this group of young people are one of our most able groups which allows us to play more games of rugby and let them show off their playing ability.

We were joined by two players from Bury FC ,Andrew Tutte and Christopher Sang, after standing off for a few minutes to observe and to have a chat to find out the rules of the game they got involved and played rugby with the group until we changed the game to football, a sport that they felt a lot more comfortable playing. To finish the session we went inside and Andrew and Christopher talked about the power of teamwork and self-belief and also spent time with students to share their experience in overcoming unexpected challenges and to answer questions that the young people had.

The session on Monday was a great lead in to the Wednesday session where we were lucky enough to have Tappit set up another fantastic experience for the young people, arranging for us to run a session at Bury FC’s Training ground at Carrington and to be joined by two more players Jermaine Beckford and Danny Mayor.

This session ran very similar to the first splitting the session in to two halves of Rugby and football, with the Jermaine and Danny taking part in the football session even though both of them were injured. This was a huge moment for the young people who all thoroughly enjoyed the session and took a huge amount from the experience.

Both Jason Thomas, CEO of tappit and Matt Hanson, Business Development Director at Bury FC understand the power of sport and the way it can change lives. Jason explained that “Everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy memorable experiences and build valuable life skills, so we’re pleased to support these ongoing efforts to help improve the lives of young people in the North West.”

This was supported by Matt who added “Members of our squad have also encountered and had to overcome challenges, whether it be at school, managing injuries, or mental health issues, and we’re pleased if we can share these experiences to give something back to the community.”

watch tappit and Dallaglio RugbyWorks at Bury FC with New Horizons

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