'Give it a try!' is a social enterprise using rugby as a tool to build character in young people within state schools in Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham. 'Give it a try!' have been delivering rugby coaching pastoral support and mentoring since October 2014 and have now coached a large proportion of Conisborough students.
'Give it a try!' delivers sessions to Years 7, 8 and 9 students as well as running two lunchtime clubs and some GCSE sessions for Y10 students. The programme is a great opportunity to support transition from school to club rugby and offers competitive rugby fixtures and festivals for students to practise and refine what they have learnt in PE.
"The school has become a model for our programme. Not only are we offering rugby coaching, we are reinforcing the school's values by promoting England Rugby's core values: teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship in the school. This is helping students to be the best that they can be; building character, resilience and confidence as well as reinforcing leadership skills, individual and collective responsibility.
Our objective is to improve student attainment, attendance and attitude using the game as a tool to hopefully unearth some real rugby
talent within the school. It is clear that there are a number of athletes who are suited to the game, both boys and girls. Conisborough has a real potential to become a great rugby school.
A big thank you to Deputy Headteacher - Mr Langham who has always championed the work of 'Give it a Try' and to the PE Department, led by Mr Anderson, who have been extremely enthusiastic and supportive of this venture on a daily basis."
Founder & director of coaching at Give it a Try!
As part of the programme 'Give it a Try!' invited Conisborough College to their end of season rugby festival at Old Alleynians RFC. These pictures are from last year's festival and show both the enjoyment and the commitment of the students to the game.
We hope to have a long association with 'Give it a Try!', offering our students the best possible sporting opportunities.
If you would like to support 'Give it a try!', follow the link below to check out the next fundraising event.