[quote_left]Our Core Values: Teamwork, Discipline, Enjoyment, Sportsmanship, Respect [/quote_left]

Rugby is a fantastic sport for children, bringing many physical and social benefits, including increased confidence, self-esteem and self-discipline, and enjoyable physical exercise as part of a team. Teachers constantly comment on off-pitch behaviour improvements when rugby is introduced in school.

London Irish ARFC shares the strong commitment that the Rugby Football Union (RFU) makes to player safety and this is at the core of all the training of coaches, referees, medics and the players themselves, at all levels of the game. Rugby for young people in England takes different forms, both contact and non-contact. The long-term work of the RFU has developed a gradual progression to the game to ensure maximum possible safety, with a structured approach covering introduction, playing, teaching and refereeing from Under 7 to Under 18.

This chart clearly shows how rugby skills are introduced gradually over an eight year period. Download here: [Download not found]
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This structured approach provides building blocks to the 15-a-side game, allowing players time to learn the basics before contact and specialism is gradually introduced. These will be implemented across the country in both schools and clubs from September 2016. Full 15-a-side rugby will begin a year later at Under 14. A gradual and managed introduction of the contact game around the tackle will take place from Under 9 to Under 12, instead of over two years at U9 and U10 as previously, giving players, teachers and coaches more time to master the techniques.

[quote_right]Teachers constantly comment on off-pitch behaviour improvements when rugby is introduced in school.[/quote_right]

Rugby Union is a game played by many schools. Alongside well-established rugby playing schools over 400 new secondary schools have taken up our sport since 2012 through the CBRE All Schools programme. We are committed to expanding this number to 750 by 2019 and it is already making its mark, increasing the amount of rugby in schools and encouraging new players to join local clubs. It aims to make school life happier and healthier, reducing anti-social behaviour, enhancing learning and increasing self-esteem for students, with research supporting this.

RugbySafe overarching programme encapsulates all the RFU’s player safety and wellbeing projects to support clubs, colleges, schools, universities and participants at all levels of the game.

High quality coaching, officiating, medical support and player behaviour, in line with rugby’s core values, all contribute to reducing the risk of injury occurring. The RFU also runs one of the world’s largest and longest running community level injury surveillance studies and has a clear process for translating injury research into coach, match official and player education. It is also currently running a large scale injury surveillance and prevention project in schools.