School of Rugby - Introduction
As part of the on-going development of rugby in Clydesdale, Carluke High School in partnership with Biggar Rugby Football Club and Scottish Rugby will be piloting a ‘School of Rugby’ programme. This will give pupils the opportunity to improve their physical literacy and rugby skills during the school term, and to enjoy the many benefits that participation in rugby offers.
The School of Rugby will give pupils the opportunity to train in a rugby environment for 2 periods of school time per week for the first and second years of their secondary school life. This pilot is designed as a social and academic development programme that will not only help young boys and girls develop as players, but also aid them in their physical, social, emotional and academic development.
The inclusion of Biggar Rugby Football club, one of the driving factors behind this pilot, will ensure a sustainable link is created from school to club and will enhance and develop the current school pathway from primary school rugby to secondary school rugby. The School of Rugby will also be supported by Scottish Rugby as part of the long standing and successful partnership with Biggar RFC.
Sport can play a powerful role and provide a catalyst to improve the quality of life for young people in communities across Scotland. Rugby can offer potential life changing opportunities to enhance education and skills, improve health and wellbeing and fosters an ethos of teamwork; discipline and respect for officials, opponents and team mates.
WHAT IS THE SCHOOL OF RUGBY?
The School of Rugby is a programme that helps more pupils enjoy the benefits that participation in rugby brings and develops the social and academic skills of a select group of young boys and girls attending S1 and 2 at Carluke High School. It does this through developing these skills in a rugby environment and applying them in their school work and social life.
Like many activities, the skills that apply to rugby such as communication, following instructions, being creative and problem solving can be applied to situations in a classroom, in the playground, at home or in the street.
For many young children, sport is an activity that captures the imagination and brings joy and happiness to their life. For this reason we will look to use sport to engage with the individuals and help them learn in a way that other subjects and situations cannot.
The School of Rugby will also support pupils from S2 to S6 where they will have the opportunity to develop their rugby skills through curricular PE, and their after school rugby with the creation of teams and the opportunity to represent their school at local and national events.