Trust Rugby Tours
A story by Trust Rugby International
Trust Rugby International provided Rugby Tours working with 50 youth players aged 15 – 21 years. We did this by taking groups on day and overnight trips to learn rugby and interact with peers to help develop social skills, to allow individuals to achieve their goals and build confidence.
This also gave parents and carers the opportunity to relax knowing that the person was in a safe environment.
What Trust Rugby Tours did
The types of breaks we have delivered to our group this year where the WoodenSpoon Tag Festival in Telford, with young adults with learning disabilities coming from all over the United Kingdom, our group spent the weekend away from their parents and support. Festival at Edinburgh Accies ,local festivals and also the Rugby PRO 12 Final at Murrayfield Stadium. Our group that attend the festival and trips enjoyed it very much. This is due to fact they had time to spend with there friends old and new and playing some rugby in a different enrolment.
We were also able to send 7 of our younger Clan players to Cork Ireland and also to the Mixability Rugby World Tournament. These trips where not just an opportunity for the guy to play rugby in different country and to meet new people from around the world but it was also to opportunity for them to be a little more independent being on a trip away from there regular support networks.
As well as the youths on the trip enjoying them and getting that feeling of independence, we would work close with the parents or support network of our guys to reassure them that they would be taken care of properly, and also encourage them to take advantage of this time. With this time the parents and support that would normal care did a variety of things, going for the shopping stress free, spending time with their other children and just sitting in front of the television and relaxing.
Attending his first professional rugby game and enjoying playing against and meeting players from a different country. This short break then helped him attend the Mixed Ability Rugby World Tournament. This trip took place over a week and our young player was confident that he could attend the tournament and be away from his family knowing his team were there to help him. His confidence showing this also in turn helped the family to know that he would be looked after and they they could enjoy the time he was away to catch up with friends and spend time with other children they have.
Since these 2 trip for our player we have seen his confidence grow strength to strength, he is know attending our rugby session weekly without his family having to drive him to training and he is about to start a role with tri as an apprentice rugby coach working with our current rugby coaches and development team.
This allowed our younger group to see a team of role models in action that is made up of players with Down Syndrome or Autism representing there country. This helped to show the youth group that they too can represent there country in rugby and that if they have a goal in there life they can achieve it.
They travelled down not as part of our squad but on there own and stayed in different accommodation. This meant that they could spend time together and visit the sights around Yorkshire and when Scotland had a game they could come and watch there son play and then after the games, knowing that he would be with the team they would go and spend more time together.
This show a couple of things, with us working with all our players parents and support it gives them confidence in us. It also shows the pride that the parents have in there some for wanting to come down and watch there son represent his country.