Game On aims to help young people aged 16 to 19 who are not currently in employment, education or training to find their way in life, to get into a training programme, find a job or apprenticeship or return to education.
The participants will learn new skills both on and off the field; on the field participants will take part in introductory rugby sessions at BT Murrayfield Stadium, the home of Edinburgh Rugby and the Scotland team. Throughout the rugby sessions the core values of Scottish Rugby will form the backbone of the content, aiming to instil the values of Respect, Leadership, Achievement, Engagement & Enjoyment.
They will gain leadership skills, get a sense of achievement and enjoyment. Respect of course is a huge part of rugby for themselves, teammates, opposition and officials. Off the field the core values will still be just as important as the young people work with education providers to do work place specific qualifications.
The course lasts at least eight weeks with participants being able to stay as long as they need to until they progress on to work or further education.
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For those who would like to be involved with Game On please contact: Gavin Paul or Conor Weetman using the details below or fill out this contact form.
The typical Day for game on starts at 10am where everyone meets in either the BT Murrayfield boxes with their excellent view of the stadium or the very comfortable 1925 suites.
Once the group has gathered a very relaxed and interactive chat begins on the morning topic, below is a list of what is covered throughout the Game On course:
The group then goes for lunch before then going into the active part in the afternoon, this will consist of a rugby skills sessions through games and a look at what we have called fitness skills. Fitness skills is an interactive session which provides information on training the principles of fitness.
The day rounds up with a quick recap of what has been covered and what will take place during the next session, the finish time is generally no later than 2pm.
All Game On participants are welcome to take part during match night’s activity which is provided for teams around the Edinburgh Rugby region. This includes the half time game taking place on the hallowed turf at BT Murrayfiled stadium (which provides a great chance for us to sneak onto the pitch). All of this means that you’re also given a free ticket to all home Edinburgh Rugby fixtures.
Wooden Spoon is the children's charity of rugby and was founded in 1983 and in October 2011, Wooden Spoon was awarded the IRB Spirit of Rugby Award and as such is the first and only charity to receive this accolade.
Wooden Spoon transforms young peoples’ lives through the power of rugby. In doing so, they involve some of rugby's top sporting role models in making a difference in the lives of young people in need.
Now in its 30th year over 1 million young people have benefitted from more than £20 million of charitable support. Wooden Spoon works in partnership with professional rugby clubs and specialist education providers, this centrally delivered programme supports disenfranchised young people back into education, employment or training.
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Having provided security and stewarding at some of the most important events in the sporting calendar at world-renowned venues, we are very much a fixture of UK sport, and keen to help nurture the next
generation of athletic talent.
That’s why we are delighted to support Scottish Rugby’s Game On initiative, and provide young people all over the country with the chance to experience the benefits of regular athletic training and take a structured path into training or employment. In addition to our financial contribution, our experts are also providing participants with workshops on topics like writing a CV and developing interview skills. This represents the next exciting stage of our longstanding partnership with Scottish Rugby and part of our ongoing commitment to corporate social responsibility.
We look forward to seeing you at match time!