Harlequins host their first ever Rugby Festival for SEND pupils

Excited pupils and staff arrived at a sunny Twickenham ready for a fun rugby festival event. The Harlequins Foundation opened The Stoop to over 150 young people with learning difficulties as part of Project Rugby, a Premiership rugby and England rugby initiative.

More than 15 special education schools from across Surrey brought teams to take part in the Foundation’s first ever Rugby Festival for SEND pupils at the home at the home of Harlequins.

Harlequins Foundation and All School Coaches joined  forces to introduce pupils to mixed-ability touch rugby, before putting them through their paces for a fun rugby festival in the afternoon. Nightingale Community academy were delighted to come away with a trophy for tournament winners. Well done to everyone involved!

Foundation Coordinator, and Disability Rugby lead, Matthew Williams said: “For us mixed-ability rugby is the perfect way to enable more and more young people with learning difficulties to experience our sport. Thanks to Project Rugby we have been able to support both young people and adults into the sport, and witness first-hand the incredible social impact it can have for them and their local community”.

The Harlequins Foundation used the event to introduce more schools and young people to the game, as well as to find more potential players for Surrey’s first fully inclusive mixed-ability rugby team ‘the Surrey Chargers’. Training every week at Chobham Rugby Club, the Chargers provide real rugby opportunities for disabled and non-disabled players of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

Contact matthew.williams@quins.co.uk for more information.

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Watch our video of the day here:

The principal and leadership team, well supported by the Orchard Hill College and Academy Trust, have provided strong leadership, which has had a positive impact on the school’s effectiveness. As a result, there have been improvements in all areas, most noticeably in pupils’ behaviour and attitudes, the curriculum and in the wider opportunities for pupils.

Ofsted, February 2019

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