Taking a team approach

Based at the Rotherham Rugby Club, the Titans Community Foundation provides activities for young people in the Rotherham area, such as reading support and coaching sessions in schools, a re-engagement programme for secondary school children, holiday courses and much more. The rugby players staff all the activities.

The Foundation works with young people from local schools who find mainstream education difficult, meeting their needs through alternative approaches to learning. They follow specifically designed 10-12 week programmes that support and encourage them and help to develop a work ethic, building their self-esteem and self-confidence in the process. We timetable visits to local parks and centres to encourage team building through outdoor activities (pictured).

As part of the programme, the young people work towards the ASDAN Sports and Fitness Award, which provides opportunities for them to use and develop their skills. One group of 14 and 15-year-old boys, who have been permanently excluded from school for a variety of reasons, take part in activities at the rugby club every Wednesday without fail (simply attending is a major achievement for them).

Many young people in Rotherham access Titans Community Foundation activities, learning and developing in a progressive and enjoyable way. Gaining certification for their work through ASDAN is a huge bonus.