Dallaglio Foundation RugbyWorks
The Dallaglio Foundation delivers a long-term intensive skills development programme, based on the values of rugby, to 14-17 year olds outside of mainstream education. The goal? To ensure they achieve sustained education, employment or training.
Working in Pupil Referral Units (PRU) within London, Newcastle, Bristol and South Wales, our national programme, RugbyWorks, gives disengaged young people who have been failed by the mainstream education system, the practical support, experience and ability that helps them believe and invest in the possibility of a better future. Often for the very first time.
We don’t expect that to happen overnight. Which is why it’s important we’re central to each school’s curriculum – so we can build long-term relationships which last beyond a student’s enrolment in their PRU. A small group of just 10 young people per school get to know us over 30 weeks per year, for two years, before moving on to further education, employment or training, supported by engagement with the organisation for a further year of mentoring.
Why do we do this? Because we know there are a huge range of factors leading students to be excluded from mainstream education. And, whatever that reason, we don’t believe that should signal exclusion from mainstream society too.
RugbyWorks is designed to help these young people onto a positive pathway to achieve sustained education, employment or training with a particular focus on exposing them to various vocational opportunities through a three-stage journey of:
Engagement – minimising the impact of their past
Integration – making better decisions in the present
Achievement – planning for a more successful future