Community Catch-Up: February
U14 Principal & Prosper Emerging Schools League
Congratulations to St Augustines who won this year’s P&P Emerging Schools League. They were pushed close on the final day by Leith Academy who finished only two points short of the top spot.
Our Emerging Schools League was created to cater for schools who have an interest in rugby but not enough players to meet the criteria to enter the Scottish Rugby schools conference. Our league is designed to build the confidence of every player, as the majority are brand new to the sport.
This year a new points system was used to help create a more competitive environment for all the teams. Points were awarded for every player who turned up and then 2 points for every new player who attend a festival. This provides a chance for the player already playing to try and entice and encourage other players to join their school teams and learn new skills. Moving forward,these players who are eligible will be playing in the u16 version of the festival next season to keep them involved in rugby.
The Braille Rugby Project is going from strength to strength. Ourselves, BATS and Royal Blind School are now on phase three of the board.
As we progress through each phase, we have been developing the board based on feedback from the blind and visually impaired users. The phase three board has been in use at our homes matches and more recently at the Guinness Six Nations Calcutta Cup fixture against England. It will be in use once again at this weekend’s France fixture at BT Murrayfield
P&P Edinburgh Rugby Camps
Places are now on sale for the P&P Easter Camps, taking place at Oriam on 16 and 17 April. We will once again have three offerings available for participants:
P&P Edinburgh Rugby Rascals is for children in P4-7 of all abilities. No previous rugby knowledge or experience is required, making it the perfect place for anyone keen on trying out rugby for the first time.
P&P Edinburgh Rugby Miss Pass is exclusively for girls in S1-6. Just like the Rascals camp, no previous rugby experience is needed to take part in Miss Pass.
P&P Edinburgh Rugby Renegades camps is for boys in S1-4 and aims to step things up a gear. Attendees will be challenged through fun and innovative coaching styles and techniques. We aim to get the most out of each individual attending this camp, whether it’s learning the game, focusing on specific positions, or getting a deeper understanding of nutrition, strength & conditioning, technical skills or tactics.
For more information about the camps click here.
P&P Prosper Programme
The Prosper programme has been designed to engage with children who are at risk of exclusion/ expulsion from schools. Pupils are learning about teamwork, and new physical and leadership skills through rugby.
With two sessions a week, one practical and one discussion, a large variety of topics are covered ranging from drugs to health and fitness, future employment aspirations to general classroom behaviour.
Each discussion session provides an opportunity for guest speakers to come and share their stories with the group, giving an insight into their expertise and showing that, if you stay on the right track, there are endless opportunities available to you. So far this year, we have had prison guards, commonwealth athletes and a renowned chef share their stories, and there is so many more great speakers to come.
We are delighted to announce that all mascot places for the 2019/20 season have now sold out! Thank you to all mascots so far this season, and we can’t wait to welcome the rest of you to the remaining games.
Details around mascot packages for the 2020/21 season will be available once we have confirmed fixture information.