Posted by Kayleigh Mcleod on the 22 Mar 2017

On Wednesday 8th March Nathan from the Young People’s Academy was delighted to attend RugbyWorks Social Impact Report hosted by Julie Elliott MP, at the House of Commons.

The event was a great way to show a family of supporters and MPs from across the country the impact and progress that has been made in the two years of the RugbyWorks programme. Over the past twelve months they have achieved some significant improvements seeing the attitudes of the young people they work with improve, their autonomy increase and their communication skills develop.

Julie Elliott MP opened the proceedings, with speeches from Dallaglio RugbyWorks CEO, Rachel Roxburgh, Founder, Lawrence Dallaglio and the newest Trustee, Charlie Taylor. The guests were able to interact with young people currently on the RugbyWorks programme such as Nathan, who was able to share his experiences of the programme and how it has helped him. Nathan managed to meet two ex-England rugby captains, Lawrence Dallaglio and Chris Robshaw.

Nathan said “Not bad for a Wednesday night where I would usually be in my bedroom playing computer games!”

Phil Hannah, Lead Coach said “We’re committed to supporting the young people we work with, helping them to gain access to quality apprenticeship placements which seems an achievable and long term goal for our young people. In 2016 we saw 18% of our Year 11s on our programme move into apprenticeships, compared to 6% of mainstream pupils who apply. This is something that Nathan has shown a consistent desire to do since he’s been on our programme and hopefully this has just strengthened his resolve in following this path.”