Rugby players to teach inner-city children


Under a new government scheme, leading rugby players are being sent to inner city schools to promote ‘grit and resilience’ to youngsters and help solve the problem of Britain’s disadvantaged youth.

The scheme, championed by Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, will reach more than 17,000 children across the country. It will also provide intensive 33-week training courses for almost 500 youngsters who are not in education, employment or training (NEET).

Under the scheme, former professional stars would work with schools in tough areas to help pupils develop discipline, teamwork and aspiration in preparation for the workplace.

Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, said: "The evidence is showing us that students will obtain even better results if they are emotionally resilient, if they have got strong mental well-being, if they’ve got those skills of persistence.

"Rugby can teach teamwork skills, confidence, persistence, respect and being a good loser."

Hugh Vyvyan, a former Saracens captain, said: "Bringing the core values of rugby into a child’s life early on can make a huge difference.

"Rugby is the perfect sport to be able to teach character education because it’s built on teamwork and respect."

The project is part of a £3.5million grants scheme designed to expand initiatives that successfully improve the character of young people.

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