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Eastwood High School has been selected as the first school of rugby in East Renfrewshire
As part of the ongoing development of rugby union across the area, Eastwood High School, East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure, Whitecraigs Rugby Club and the Scottish Rugby Union have come together to launch the school of rugby programme within the school.
Through this programme, Eastwood High aims to create an environment where sport will make a significant contribution to the development of young people, support the delivery of Curriculum for Excellence, and play a central role in the life of the school. The School of Rugby provides a context for learning inside and outside of the classroom, allowing all pupils to experience rugby, and help to improve the fitness and physical literacy of players and in turn contribute to an enhanced educational experience.
The School of Rugby has already given selected S1 and S2 pupils the opportunity to train in a sporting environment on a daily basis, including 4 PE sessions per week during the school day. The programme will continue into S2/S3 for these selected pupils. This programme is designed to not only improve participants' rugby skills and physical competencies, but also develop their social skills such as confidence, communication, discipline and respect.
The programme will be delivered by qualified members of school staff, coaches and the development officer who will ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to enjoy curricular and extra curricular rugby, and opportunities to play rugby at a local club.
Scottish Rugby firmly believes that sport can play a powerful role in providing the catalyst to improve the quality of life for young people in communities across Scotland. Rugby can offer potential life changing opportunities to enhance education and skills; improve health and wellbeing and fosters an ethos of teamwork; discipline and respect for officials, opponents and team mates. We look forward to continuing to support this programme and helping more young people, players and teams enjoy all of these benefits at Eastwood High School and Whitecraigs Rugby Club.
Dean Kelbrick, School & Youth Partnerships and Projects Officer, Scottish Rugby Union
I'm really looking forward to further enhancing the excellent school to club links that Whitecraigs Rugby Club has within the Eastwood High cluster and across East Renfrewshire. Although the School of Rugby programme is primarily a development level programme, I'm working with all local schools to ensure that as many young people as possible can try out Rugby and that if they want to join a local club, they know where to go.
The School of Rugby helps create more opportunities to participate in sport, a major aim of the Active Schools network. We aim to offer all children and young people the opportunities and motivation to adopt active, healthy lifestyles now and into adulthood. The School of Rugby also allows pathways to develop from Eastwood High School to Whitecraigs Rugby Club as well as creating strong transitional links with cluster primary schools increasing their rugby input. I am proud to help support this programme.
Gordon Phillips, Active School Coordinator, Eastwood High Cluster
Whitecraigs Rugby Football Club are major contributors to this programme and we are working to ensure a link is sustained from school to club ensuring players benefit from more game time and a range of talented coaches, developing the current pathway from primary school rugby to secondary school rugby. The programme will be delivered by Mr Reid (Eastwood High School), Gordon Phillips (Active School Coordinator), myself and other qualified specialist coaches. This team plays a central role in delivering the School of Rugby programme in Eastwood High School and increasing rugby participation across East Renfrewshire.
Brandon Wamberg, Rugby Development Officer, Whitecraigs RFC
To find out more information on the Eastwood School of Rugby please contact Mr Gordon Reid, PE teacher email@example.com or Gordon Phillips from Active Schools firstname.lastname@example.org