The CashBack Schools of Rugby initiative provides schools with a package of resources which enables more staff to deliver a structured rugby programme in their school, including a focused programme for a number of S1-S3 pupils, who receive up to five curricular and extra curricular sessions per week.
The broader rugby programme aims to build participation so there are more rugby teams' opportunities for the development of girls’ teams; as well as non-playing opportunities for senior pupils in rugby coaching, refereeing, volunteering and running sport in local primary schools and rugby clubs.
Circa 1000 S1 and S2 pupils are involved in the focussed prohgramme and hundreds more benefit from the broader programme across participating schools.
Schools of Rugby provides a context for learning inside and outside of the classroom, allowing all pupils to experience rugby, and help to improve the fitness and physical literacy of players and in turn contribute to greater educational attainment.
The Schools of Rugby initiative was launched in the 2011/2012 season in 20 secondary schools across the Scotland. There are 30 Schools of Rugby in place for the 2014/15 season.
The programme is funded through the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities initiative, and has also attracted additional funding from various local authorities, keen to see more of their schools embrace the programme.
Approximately a quarter of a million pounds each year, from the seized proceeds of crime, is invested to create an environment where rugby makes a significant contribution to the delivery of A Curriculum for Excellence, and plays a central role in the life of the school.