100 MORE SCHOOLS TAKE UP RUGBY
175,000 students took part last season
As schools go back this week, there will be a hundred more joining the rugby family as part of England Rugby’s CBRE All Schools.
Andrew Morgan, PE teacher from Hodge Hill College which is taking up rugby this season with CBRE All Schools said:
“It was really exciting to get a taste of what is to come with our school. I know that the students will be excited to have the opportunity to play rugby as part of their PE lessons as well as design and create their own kit in September. Both the PE staff and leadership team are excited to see the impact that rugby can have across our school.’’
Since 2012, hundreds more state secondary schools and thousands more pupils are now enjoying rugby in England thanks to CBRE All Schools. The 500 already involved at the start of this new school year will continue to expand, with the aim of extending the number to 750 by the time of Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan.
Rugby participation has increased as the programme progresses. More than 175,000 students took part last season – up 35% on 2014-15 – with 28,000 playing regularly in extra-curricular activity, a third more than last season.
More than 175,000 students took part last season
9,000 competitive games played last season as result of CBRE All Schools
There were some 9,000 competitive games of any format played, an increase of more than 6,000 on the previous season (2,615 in 2014-15).
Sheffield Hallam University research has shown that 70% of young people taking part in CBRE All Schools are more confident as a result (65% in 2014-15). Confidence has also built with another 2,800 students trained as ICAP Young Leaders joining the 1,600 who qualified last season.
70% of young people taking part in CBRE All Schools are more confident
“It’s great to see CBRE All Schools going from strength to strength as we enter our fifth season of running the programme. CBRE All Schools a key way for us to develop rugby in England and a lot of hard work goes in from teachers, volunteers and our local community coaches week in week out to ensure activity takes place in schools and linked clubs. I hope everyone has a fun and enjoyable season.” RFU Rugby Development Director Steve Grainger
The aim for CBRE All Schools is to provide a link between schools and their local rugby clubs to allow players to transition from one to the other. With more than 170 community rugby clubs now connected to the programme, thousands of young players have already started playing regularly at a club. In addition, over 60% of schools are running a mixed or girls’ programme, with 35% of all the players female and 23% schools delivering more rugby to girls than boys.
Over the next two months, students and teachers from the latest 100 schools joining the programme will all design bespoke rugby shirts at special Canterbury workshops.
Ciaran Bird, CBRE UK Managing Director said:
“Sport has so many things to offer, from health and well-being benefits to developing skills like communication, teamwork and confidence. We firmly believe there is a great opportunity for business to play a role in encouraging more children, particularly girls to engage in sport. Reaching 500 schools is a fantastic milestone for the programme, and with over 175,000 children now offered the chance to grow and learn through rugby , CBRE look forward to continuing our involvement as we help England Rugby work towards its next target of an additional 250 schools in the programme.”