The Dallaglio Foundation, the charity founded by England rugby legend Lawrence Dallaglio, has joined forces with Priory to help children with special educational needs get a foothold in the workplace.
The charity’s flagship "RugbyWorks" programme will be launched across four of Priory’s specialist schools to help pupils with autism, Asperger Syndrome, and social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) difficulties (previously known as behavioural, emotional and social (BESD) difficulties), develop the skills they need to lead a fulfilling adult life. These skills include teamwork, respect, discipline and responsibility.
Using the values of rugby, the Dallaglio Foundation’s coaches and mentors work to equip young people to cope, plan a future within competitive and fast-paced environments and through exposing them to vocational opportunities, help to build up their confidence and self-esteem.
At Priory Lodge in Roehampton, south-west London, Talocher School in Monmouth and Queenswood School in Ledbury, Herefordshire, the programme is designed specifically to help pupils with autism, Asperger Syndrome and social, emotional and mental health difficulties, prepare for life in the workplace, whilst at Mark College in Somerset, the programme is focused on pupils with specific learning difficulties including language disorders, dyslexia, dyscalculia and dyspraxia.
Mark Underwood, CEO of Priory Group’s Education and Children’s Services, said: "We are thrilled to be working with the Dallaglio Foundation. Their coaches bring excellent skills in mentoring and personal development, with the aim of helping young people get into work. That’s so important for our youngsters who face so many challenges in their area, not least from employers who can underestimate their ability.
"Some will love learning about the physical rough and tumble and others will learn how to overcome setbacks, cope better with changes to routine and develop positivity and engagement. Either way – it is a win-win. Knowing the coaches understand specific learning difficulties and have worked with children with behavioural and emotional and social difficulties makes all the difference."
Rachel Roxburgh, CEO of the Dallaglio Foundation, said: "We’re delighted to be launching RugbyWorks with Priory Group. We’re proud of how RugbyWorks has made an impact within exclusion units and are confident that the values of the programme will support the young people at Priory Group schools and have a positive impact on their future."
Lawrence Dallaglio OBE, Founder of the Dallaglio Foundation, added: "I’ve seen first-hand how the power of rugby can be transformational in behaviour, confidence and future prospects. I’m passionate about the work we do and am looking forward to working with the Priory to ensure a lasting impact on the lives of young people across the country."
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