Launched by the Rugby Football League (RFL) after being awarded £660,000 from the Youth Endowment Fund, this programme over a two year period will help prevent young people from getting caught up in violent crime through work in the classroom, local community and with their families.
The programme is delivered from eight Super League charitable organisations, using the power of sport to help support and engage young people aged 11-14 in an early-intervention scheme.
The Inspiring Futures programme is made up of three strands: Educate, Aspire and Connect.
Educate will see coaches from the trust deliver assemblies in local secondary schools in identified areas to children aged 11 to 14.
The sessions will use messages and media from Huddersfield Giants Rugby League players to promote self-esteem, communication, teamwork and well-being. Coaches will also work alongside these schools to run 12-week mentoring programmes to support young people who the pastoral/ leadership have identified that may benefit attending the programme.
Aspire will use a sports-based programme to develop the life-skills and confidence of young people. We will provide consistency for young people in leadership, support life lessons, play and engage through sport. This will help create changes within their behaviours.
Connect recognises the importance of strong family relationships in preventing young people engaging in crime and violence. We will support young people and their family members with strategies to strengthen relationships, develop resilience and improve communication.
The Youth Endowment Fund will evaluate the impact of the RFL’s Inspiring Futures programme and share the learning to support further early intervention projects across England and Wales.
Thomas Brindle, Head of Growth at the Rugby Football League, adds: “Rugby League Foundations are a force for good in communities often facing multiple disadvantages and challenges. This partnership brings together seven teams’ charitable foundations in an ambitious two-year programme to change the lives of some of the most vulnerable young people across the North of England. We’re thrilled the Youth Endowment Fund will fully evaluate this programme, so we can add to our learning and understanding around the impact Rugby League makes to individuals and communities.”
The Youth Endowment Fund supports and evaluates promising early interventions working with 10 to 14-year olds in England and Wales to prevent youth offending. It was established with an endowment of £200m over ten years from the Home Office. A total of 23 early intervention projects have now been awarded funding, totalling £17.1m and reaching over 36,000 children.
To learn more about Inspiring Futures programme please contact, Taryn Reynolds
Great relationships with the children which promote mutual respect, clear boundaries and great behaviour for learning. Clear structure to the lessons with appropriate teaching points, plenary and vocabulary. I can see clear progress in terms of skills, techniques, confidence and understanding. Acts on feedback throughout the lesson from me and his own formative assessment.
Dan Gough, Heaton Avenue
PE lessons and support in PE lessons are great! Children are enjoying lunchtime clubs. Good relationships with children - building relationships. Sharing tickets to the rugby games with the children and encouraging them to try to watch different sports. The sessions during the breakfast club are extremely engaging and the majority of children who chose to go outside to take part in Jordan’s sessions they are also very fun based and extremely inclusive so all abilities can take part successfully., Jordan is always punctual and is pleasant with the children.
Tracey Dell, Head Teacher, Crossley Fields Junior and Infants School
Becky is amazing her delivery is great. She has a great rapport with the children. Her sessions are engaging and fun and she's teaching my staff a thing or two about sports delivery. All in all, we could not be happier.
Louise Brown, Head Teacher, Headfield Juniors
Rebecca has been brilliant in school. Her management in club time is fantastic and coping with Autistic and ADHD children in sessions as well. Her planning, activity organisation and management, as well as knowledge of the children, and rapport with everyone has been so professional we couldn't have asked for more. The children have really enjoyed all the sessions.
Debbie Douglas, Head Teacher, Saville Town
The sessions so far have been really good and exciting. Teaching staff have mentioned how engaged the children are and how happy they have been the way the lessons have been delivered. The school has been happy with the confidence of the person delivering the lessons as well as their knowledge and professionalism. It has helped teachers working alongside to gain ideas and development in their own practice. Overall the school has been very happy with the delivery of the sessions as well as the person (Jordan) delivering them. Thank You!
Nadeem Sarwar, PE Coordinator Spring Grove
Duane was brilliant, the children loved the sessions, as did the teachers he worked with. One teacher said, "I now feel skilled enough to deliver rugby to my class." The sessions were pitched at the correct level for different ages and the pace and behaviour management were excellent. Here's to next years sessions!
Dave Spencer, Hillside Primary School
James is doing an amazing job at Bruntcliffe. He teaches four very different groups throughout the day and is adaptable in his teaching. He has fit in with the team very well and the students are responding very well to his teaching.
Chris Lindley, Head of Physical Education, Bruntcliffe Academy
Duane's delivery of Sky Try Rugby was fantastic. The children left with a wealth of knowledge on the sport - the have even practised what they have learnt in the playground too. His behaviour management was fantastic and the children responded well to everything he taught. Each one of them made a progression each week. Overall it was loved by all children! We would love it if you could come back again next year!
Miss M Brook, Teacher, Berry Brow