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Primary and secondary schools in Argyll and Bute are being invited to sign up for Scottish Rugby Schools Week 2022.
Following the success of the inaugural event supported by Saltire Energy in September 2021, the programme returns for a follow up week from March 21.
More than 16,000 pupils engaged with the event last year, with 287 schools signed up to participate and nearly a quarter delivering new or rekindling their rugby activity.
To meet the challenges presented by Covid-19, the programme was largely delivered digitally, with teachers offering practical and classrooms-based rugby activities based on resources provided by Scottish Rugby.
This year, the 2022 Scottish Rugby Schools Week programme will provide equipment, in-person and digital support to schools on a national and regional basis.
All resources have been designed specifically to enable schools to facilitate rugby activity to any age group, irrelevant of playing and coaching experience, and in-line with the Curriculum for Excellence.
Planned schools’ events, including festivals of rugby and training sessions with local rugby clubs and development officers, will also be delivered.
Last year, 101 schools across the country engaged with a local club development officer and it is hoped the continued collaboration between these groups will see a strengthening in relationships and partnerships between schools and rugby clubs moving forward.
Gav Scott, Scottish Rugby’s director of rugby development, said: ‘I’m looking forward to working with schools and clubs to build on the success from the inaugural programme.
‘The easing of Covid-19 restrictions means that this year, members of the rugby development department will be able to offer tailored, in-person support to schools over the course of the week and support them to build relationships with local clubs and development officers.
‘The programme also allows more young people to enjoy the benefits of rugby and promotes wellbeing through an inclusive sport where there is a place for everyone, no matter their gender, ability or level of fitness.
‘It is my hope that Scottish Rugby Schools Week will become a cornerstone of schools rugby in Scotland as we develop a holistic model to grow the game in educational settings.’
Mike Loggie, chief executive of Saltire Energy, said: ‘Engaging future players, especially following the challenging times of the pandemic, is more important than ever and the part that sport plays in our lives is vital to this.
‘Saltire Energy takes huge pride in supporting Scottish Rugby and being part of the community that benefits from this fantastic sport.’
Schools are now invited to register to take part in Scottish Rugby Schools Week 2022 on the Scottish Rugby website at scottishrugby.org