Having seen the benefits that sport has given injured ex-service personnel through the Invictus Games, Prince Harry is next week visiting an RFU initiative in Stockport. On Tuesday, he will be in Stockport, where he will join the England under 20 Rugby team as they work with local youngsters in a series of traditional and free-style rugby skills workshops. The team are in the
On Tuesday, he will be in Stockport, where he will join the England under 20 Rugby team as they work with local youngsters in a series of traditional and free-style rugby skills workshops. The team are in the area because the World Rugby under 20 championships is currently being contested in Manchester.
Prince Harry strongly believes in the power of sport for social development and is Vice-Patron of the Rugby Football Union. The RFU are keen to broaden the reach and image of rugby to young people. Making it more accessible across all elements of society, and have teamed up with StreetGames as part of their Try for Change initiative. StreetGames runs “Doorstep” and “Pop-up” Clubs which offer accessible and interactive sports opportunities for young people in disadvantaged communities – like these rugby workshops.
Indications are that participation in team games drops off when teenagers enter young adulthood, and this is especially true in deprived areas. The prince is keen to support schemes such as this, as not only will they hopefully reverse this trend but may also help to address a number of social issues including educational and social inclusion, mental and physical wellbeing, unemployment and community cohesion. It is hoped that initiatives like this will provide a beneficial alternative to the anti-social behaviour which can be seen in some deprived areas, by giving the people a sense of personal and community achievement.
StreetGames is a network organisation which was set up in 2007 with the aim of taking sport to the doorstep of disadvantaged communities. Since that time, it has risen to become an organisation which helps 600 community organisations across the United Kingdom. It achieves this through working with a number of local partner agencies including third sector community organisations, local authority leisure departments, housing associations and hostels.