Felixstowe Academy is pleased to have entered a partnership with the Rugby Football Union and Felixstowe Rugby Club to introduce the 'All Schools' rugby project to the PE curriculum.
'All Schools' has been developed by the RFU to increase the amount of rugby in schools, and to encourage new players to join local clubs. The project aims to support schools who introduce Rugby into the curriculum with quality coaching through local rugby development officers. The Academy is delighted to be working with Felixstowe Rugby Club in delivering this project to students through qualified coach Mr Cook - or as he more fondly known as 'Cookie'.
Mr Alston, Academy PE teacher has been impressed by the project so far saying, 'Partnering with the RFU and our local rugby club brings many benefits to students. It ensures they receive good subject knowledge and the specialist coaching means they progress rapidly. These students have only had five lessons, and have progressed really quickly.'
It's not just the technical development that has pleased Mr Alston 'Their progress has helped generate enthusiasm for the sport, with students coming to me interested in forming our own club with fixtures and matches!'
Student Sean Bennett summed up the feeling of the students regarding the introduction of Rugby to the Academy, 'It's been great to have Cookie taking these sessions. He is a trained RFU coach and a qualified ref so we get to know the right rules and techniques as we train. As a specialist coach it feels like we are getting more in-depth training in these lessons than we would normally receive in a standard lesson.'
Mr Cook has been involved in delivering smaller rugby taster sessions in schools for many years, but is really pleased to be able to work with the Academy on a longer term project that he hopes will give wider access to the sport to young people.
He said, 'The Academy students are really enjoying the sessions and responding well to what is being asked. The RFU want Rugby to be seen as a fun sport, and the All Schools project will help to give more students the chance to experience that. I am really enjoying delivering these RFU coaching sessions on behalf of Felixstowe Rugby Club. So far every student has loved it, as Rugby is one of those sports that can encourage a wide range of students to take part. Hopefully we can look to develop a team structure and build on the wide range of sports the Academy already offers.'
Mr Alston summed up the Academy's aims by adding, 'We want to be able to offer a wide range of sports across the Academy curriculum, and partnering with specialist coaches where possible enables us to offer students top quality teaching.'