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Ospreys in the Community’s TACKLE includes a number of programmes, which are designed to work with disaffected young people, aged from 12-24, who are disengaged with school, education or employment. It is an engagement initiative which aims to create a better future for young people facing tough challenges.

The programme links with education and careers partners to help these young people, giving them clear educational and personal development options. It aims to connect and inspire young people, using rugby and the power of the Ospreys brand as a tool of engagement, to help improve their self-confidence, school attainment and employability skills. 

TACKLE aims to provide an accessible and engaging education programme, to run alongside the physical rugby and sports sessions. While TACKLE encourages participants to become more physically active, it also develops their personal qualities by stimulating increased self-esteem and self-motivation. Furthermore, the programme provides and supports real exit routes for young people into further participation of sport, club membership, volunteering, coaching and employment, whilst also giving pupils the opportunity of becoming a programme ambassador after completion.

This is ideal for anyone who is looking to develop their leadership, has an interest in working in the field of sport or with children and/or unsure of the best career pathway, as TACKLE enables young people to gain qualifications such as First-Aid and a Sports Leaders UK qualification. Participants have the opportunity to gain real experience of working alongside Ospreys in the Community coaches and to visit a number of work places, giving them an insight into the working environment. TACKLE attendees will also take part in Q&A sessions with Ospreys players, attend an Ospreys home game and have the opportunity to have a tour around the stadium. 

Each programme is bespoke to the needs of the group/school.


The TACKLE Schools Programme: 

The TACKLE Schools Programme works with pupils aged 12-16, and is currently being delivered to 68 pupils (male and female) within four schools across the region: Dyffryn Lower School, Coleg Cymunedol y Dderwen, Llangatwg Comprehensive School and Morriston Comprehensive School.

A key feature of this section of the programme is the popular inflatable ‘cage rugby’ sessions, enabling fun, action-packed rugby sessions to be undertaken alongside education pathways and mentoring sessions. By the use of small sided, high-intensity games, the Cage has been a great unique addition to the programme, facilitating great ways to break barriers, attracting those pupils who have been referred to TACKLE with limited sporting interest. 

As part of this scheme, participants attend sessions delivered by TACKLE officers, covering topics which include: gaining an understanding of the qualities that employers look for, self-awareness, communication skills, planning, leadership, behaviours at work, CV writing, opportunity awareness, and team building.

As well as being exposed to media training with player interviews, visiting Sony UK Technology Centre and the BT Tower in Swansea; OitC’s TACKLE pupils will also complete workshops with Neath Port Talbot College, as well as visiting the college itself to experience life as a student and learn more about the college enterprise options, taking part in ‘have a go’ sessions within the construction, engineering and catering sectors.

For this section of the programme, ages 12-14 will involve quite a lot of leadership work and lifelong learning, with ages 14-16 being slightly more focused on employability outcomes and post 16 opportunities. 

The TACKLE Traineeship Programme:

The TACKLE Traineeship programme gives young people aged 16-18, who are not in education, training or employment (NEET) an insight into the working environment, as well as increasing their knowledge of the opportunities available in education. It also provides them with the skills needed to attain employment or progress to higher education, and provides them with real exit routes into further participation of sport, volunteering, coaching and employment.

The aim of our TACKLE Traineeships is to provide an accessible and enjoyable programme for young people that actually works to get them re-engaged and back into education and/or employment. The statistics speak for themselves, with a huge 87% going on to do this following their participation in the programme last season.

In addition to the rugby and sport sessions, which are used as an engagement tool, Trainees have the chance to visit various workplaces and higher education institutions throughout the duration of the programme, some of which are big employees within Ospreylia, to broaden their horizons in terms of future employment.

Throughout the programme, pupils will hear from several guest speakers and also help with the coaching involved in the Ospreys in the Community Three Day Rugby Camps, which is a fantastic opportunity for the young people to gain hands-on work experience.

The programme gives young people the skills needed to attain employment or progress to higher education, by partaking in numerous in-class sessions, focusing specifically on employability skills: CV writing and interview techniques.

Mock interview days have proved invaluable for the Trainees, exposing them to what is expected of them within a professional interview and inevitably, building their confidence through giving them this experience at this young age. 

The TACKLE Employability Programme:

The TACKLE Employability Programme is aimed at people aged 18-24 who are not in education, employment or training, and follows the same TACKLE principles plan as the Traineeship Programme.

Attendees will be exposed to various workplaces within the Ospreys region, with the overall aim of helping them to develop the skills required to attain employment. 

This programme is run for a total of 8 weeks, with follow up mentoring sessions at week 10 and 12 to help with the next steps and progression. 

There will be three separate programmes running throughout Ospreylia during the year, all following the same principles and with the same outcomes aims. 

For further information on any of the above please contact Dorian Evans – or 01792 616500.



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