Representatives from the Leicester Tigers visited numerous schools across the Leicestershire region to provide talks about bullying, its effects and how to tackle it. Tigers players Dom Barrow, Ben Betts and George Worth also shared a series of videos’ with their experience of bullying as well as advice for youngsters on what to do.
Pupils from years 7,8 and 9 at St Martins took part in the initiative through taking part in dedicated talks about bullying as well as sharing their own experiences with bullying through a questionnaire. Recent findings from this survey found over half (53%) of students asked said they have suffered some form of bullying, with two thirds (69%) of those experiencing bullying in just the last year.
As part of the partnership’s Concrete Rugby initiative, the programme was delivered to over 500 children thorough 19 sessions across four Leicestershire schools. Concrete Rugby champions a healthy lifestyle, team work and self-confidence in young people, through the introduction of key rugby skills to secondary school students.
Debbie Murphy, PE teacher at St Martins, added: “Our students are thoroughly enjoying the rugby coaching sessions. They’re fun, engaging and educational.
“It’s great to see most of our younger students are quite knowledgeable on the subject of bullying combining this in a sports setting helps to highlight the potential problems and suggests ways in which they should all be more tolerant and fair to each other.”
Chris Rose, Head of Brand at Leicester Tigers, said: “What really came out of our sessions was the variety of different guises that bullying can take; it’s isn’t just about physical or mental abuse, but can be something as unobvious as ignoring somebody or leaving them out of a group.
“Whatever the form or context, however, bullying is not okay and by speaking out and standing strong, we want to encourage pupils to help alleviate this very real issue in UK schools.”