Dallaglio RugbyWorks works for the hardest to reach teenagers

As we head into another school year, our thoughts focus on the milestones – SATs, GCSE’s and A Levels. But for many young people in the area, education plays a different role. 

For a variety of reasons, not all teenager’s needs can be met within the traditional mainstream school setting. This can manifest itself in a number of ways leading to exclusion, where young people are placed in Alternative Provision (AP) schools.  For many, AP suits their needs more effectively, but some teenagers require more guidance and support than the system can give.  

Dallaglio RugbyWorks is a charity founded to help teenagers excluded from mainstream schools achieve sustained education, employment or training (EET).  Delivered as part of the AP curriculum, the programme draws on the power of rugby and its values within an intensive three year course. Combining the unique blend of rugby, a skills building course, career taster days and CV and interview workshops, coaches create a bespoke path for each student to enable them to get a job, build a career and secure a long term and happy future.  (Sky —> let’s make this a pull out)

Dallaglio RugbyWorks was born out of the early experience of founder Lawrence Dallaglio, former England player and Rugby World Cup winner. He recognised the power that rugby had in transforming his attitude, behaviour and aspirations and channelled that power into supporting young people.

The programme is delivered in over 70 AP schools across the UK to 14-17 year olds.  With an established presence in South West London the programme is proud of the positive results that it’s seeing. 88% of permanently excluded young people enrolled in RugbyWorks are in EET 12 months after leaving AP, compared to the national average of 53% after six months.

There is also robust statistical evidence that the probability of being in sustained EET post-16 for those on RugbyWorks improves with the increased number of sessions the young person attends.  

These positive trends are a result the coaches dedicated work together with the support of corporate partners who provide funding and career taster day opportunities. 

If you want to find out more about Dallaglio RugbyWorks and how to support young people in London and the surrounding area, please contact:  info@dallagliorugbyworks.com.