Saracens in Schools
Saracens Sport Foundation run a number of programmes across several sports in schools across North London and Hertfordshire. Our team run a mixture of curricular and extra-curricular rugby, athletics, dance and cheerleading programmes. These programmes aim to increase participation as well as delivering educational outcomes to assist in improving attainment. Educating children on the importance of maintaining a healthy, balanced lifestyle in everyday life is also a key outcome.
More information on any of our in-school programmes below, please fill out the enquiry form at the bottom of the page.
To find out about each programme select from the options below
BLAST aims to build a sustainable structure and pathway for school rugby in Barnet and North London. The project targets schools with no rugby history or expertise, with each school receiving teacher training, coaching and competitive fixtures.
School engagement starts with an initial head teacher meeting to ascertain their needs. We then follow this up with a series of teacher training sessions, including Rugby Ready which is now perceived as a minimum standard for PE departments on the BLAST programme.
Schools receive extensive curriculum-based delivery for their Year 7 and 8 students with a view to future Year 7 pupils having rugby on their curriculum and building this throughout the year groups. Schools form part of the BLAST League and festivals for students in Years 7-11, with opportunities to play at Allianz Park throughout the academic year. Importantly, fixtures are not only held at Allianz Park but also at local clubs as a clear pathway continues to be built for school students to transfer into a club environment.
HITZ is Premiership Rugby’s flagship programme and is divided into two strands; HITZ On Track and HITZ Learning Academy.
HITZ On Track is aimed at 14-16 year olds and is an in-school provision that is made up of an issue-based session and a practical rugby based session. Various topics are covered in the issue-based session including nutrition, confidence and self-esteem building, drug and alcohol awareness and other sessions that highlight pertinent issues facing young people today.
HITZ Learning Academy is our remodelled education and traineeship provision for 16-24 year olds who are Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET). The learning academy runs 5 days a week for 13 weeks per cohort and offers Functional Maths and English to Level 2, a variety of sports and coaching qualifications, various workshops and issue-based sessions, CV building, work experience, and much more. There are 3 cohorts per year running from September, January, and April. The aim of the programme is to engage young people who are disaffected and help them to build their confidence, resilience and aspirations through a range of qualifications and experience, ultimately helping to build a brighter future.
In 2019 SCL Education & Training expanded their partnership with Premiership Rugby to become the exclusive education partner for the award-winning employability programme. Managing all educational aspects of the Premiership Rugby HITZ programme, leading providers of education through sport, SCL, have more than 15 years’ experience in delivering a range of forward thinking and successful education and sports development programmes for young adults.
Rugby 4 Life
‘Rugby 4 Life’ aims to provide primary school aged children across Hertfordshire, Barnet and North London with a positive introduction to rugby as well as a pathway to participation through their local grassroots club.
The programme starts with one of our popular, non-competitive tag rugby festivals hosted by a local club and officiated by year 9/10/11 sports leaders. The focus for the festival is on skill development, game understanding but most importantly having fun! All attendees leave the festival with a smile on their face as well as a ‘Rugby 4 Life’ invitation to a pathway session at the club where they will meet the coaches, become familiar with the facilities and take part in a fun rugby session run by the club and assisted by Saracens Sport Foundation staff.
Rugby 4 Life aims to create the chance and opportunity for young people to access and be a part of rugby, for life. As a Foundation we have a drive to give young people from traditional and non-traditional sporting backgrounds an avenue into local grassroot clubs, while also working with and developing sporting champions in those clubs to continue inspiring those who come through or engage with the Rugby 4 Life programme.
During our Rugby 4 Life pathway sessions, your local grassroot rugby club will take ownership of our young people’s continued positive experience through fun and exciting rugby sessions, followed by a club experience in which those new surroundings are explored. The Saracens Sport Foundation will aim to understand further why young people don’t join their local grassroot club and work hard to solve the barriers for young people accessing their local club.
To get involved is quite simple, get in touch with your local School Sports Network and ask about the next Saracens Sport Foundation Rugby 4 Life Tag Festival. If there isn’t one scheduled then get in touch with Michaeldobson@saracens.net to find out where your nearest local Rugby 4 Life Festival is taking place.
SARRIES IN MY SCHOOL
Saracens Sport Foundation’s “Sarries in My School” programme provides a bespoke schedule of sport and physical activity. Sessions run before, during and after the school day and we cater for a range of age groups. Our key aim is to provide opportunities for children to lead healthy and active lifestyles.
The programme is tailored to suit each school’s needs and offers a variety of session options including whole-school assemblies, taster sessions, days of activity or a series of high quality coaching sessions with appropriately qualified rugby, cheerleading, dance and athletics coaches. The service is flexible and can be funded by the school or the parents.