The Rugby Project, is a youth development programme being run in Kent in collaboration with Kent RFU, and KSRFUR, and is open to 14-16 year old applicants for the 2022/23 season. This is the second year the programme has run, and the feedback from clubs who participated last year was particularly positive.
The aim of this project is to build life skills and to find more ways to get involved in rugby. The course is designed to help young people to get their first insight into refereeing, first aid and coaching, giving them the skills to safely build confidence in doing so.
The course is ideal for 14–16-year-olds and fits in well with the Duke of Edinburgh award as well as Physical Education at GCSE level, teaching new skills, keeping kids interested in fitness, volunteering and raising money for charity.
The course comprises 6 modules (four courses and two participation modules) which all must be completed prior to award of the The Rugby Project Award in the Spring Term of 2023.
The four course modules, which are all delivered by RFU educators, will take place in the first half of the Autumn term of 2022 (these are mainly scheduled for weekday evenings, at Sevenoaks RFC). The modules are: Coaching (“Kids First” contact course); Refereeing – Basics of refereeing run by the Kent Society of Rugby Union Referees; First Aid; Mental Resilience.
The two participation modules – (Volunteering hours and fund raising) take place in the Autumn and Spring terms.
There is a £60 registration fee associated with the programme; plus participants are expected to fund-raise £40 during the course.