Redditch are strengthening their links with the local community with a range of initiatives led by former club coach James Shotbolt.
Shotbolt has run rugby sessions on the new artificial hockey pitch at Bromsgrove Road for pupils from the Beacon School Pupil Referral Unit. The school caters for Key 1 & Key Stage 2 pupils who are presenting with social, emotional and mental health difficulties.
The Beacon’s key message is ‘Success and Achievement for Everyone’ and the rugby sessions have proved to be a novel method of stimulating pupil engagement.
Ten pupils attended the first session and will continue to work weekly with Redditch until Easter.
Shotbolt also did a presentation at St Augustine’s Catholic High School Redditch where he promoted the benefits of playing rugby as part of the school’s Health and Well Being week.
Over the Easter weekend Shotbolt and his daughter, Emily, will be providing rugby coaching at Redditch Borough Council’s Active Kitchen Programme.
The programme involves partner organisations from the community coming together to provide fun, food and fitness for children who would normally receive school dinners. West Mercia Police and the St Vincent de Paul Society have been key community partners in this initiative which has been running since Easter 2017, with Redditch being involved from the beginning.
As a Worcester Warriors Partner Club, Redditch RFC, via the Shotbolts, will also be helping out at the Premiership Rugby HITZ sessions delivered at Worcester. HITZ uses rugby’s core values of teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship to get young people not in education, training or employment back into education, training, apprenticeships and/or employment.
With a view to delivering Mixed Ability Rugby at Redditch, James and Emily Shotbolt will also be helping out with Worcester’s Mixed Ability side.