After Christmas Bath Rugby Foundation will be working with Frome College students from Years 9-11 on a programme called 'On the Front Foot' which is a Premiership Rugby programme funded by the Department for Education.

 

The students will participate in five, 1-hour sessions which will involve a series of practical, rugby based activities focussing on developing the five core values of rugby; Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship.

The scheme, delivered by Bath Rugby Foundation, uses rugby, and its core values, to instil character and resilience in students through classroom and outdoor activity.

All 12 Aviva Premiership Rugby clubs, in addition to London Welsh and Bristol Rugby, will help deliver the 'On the Front Foot' programme nationwide.

They have received funding through the Department for Education’s £3.5 million character grants scheme. The grants are designed to expand initiatives that successfully improve the character of young people.

Mark McCafferty, chief executive of Premiership Rugby, said: “On and off the pitch, rugby’s core values of respect, teamwork, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship are at the heart of premiership rugby. Our work in the community with England’s professional rugby clubs is a fantastic platform to use rugby’s core values to build character.”

Fifteen boys, and fifteen girls from Frome College will be chosen along with support in some PE lessons.

Through participating in the programme it is hoped the young people will develop positive character traits such as resilience, grit, tolerance and honesty.

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