Port Talbot Panthers

OitC launch first of its kind TACKLE programme with Port Talbot Panthers

Ospreys in the Community are proud to be launching our first TACKLE programme run in partnership with Port Talbot Panthers.

The employability and education team at OitC currently work with those who are not in employment, education, or training (NEET) over four main programmes using the Ospreys brand and the power of sport, to engage with learners with the help of schools and colleges.

Linking up with local rugby club Port Talbot Panthers is a huge step in the foundation’s 5-year strategy, allowing the team to work with a broader audience and help more individuals on their journey’s.

The Port Talbot based side are a mixed ability rugby team where its members include those with learning difficulties, a range of disabilities and those who struggle with their mental health.

With funding in place from the side, the OitC team are ready to hit the ground running and launch the three-week programme the beginning of October.

Speaking about the new partnership, Club President of Port Talbot Panthers Andrew Harris said: “We are really looking forward to working in partnership with Ospreys in the Community. This is an exciting new project and the first of its kind. Hopefully it will help the people of Neath Port Talbot and the wider community to get back on track after a tough 18 months of lockdowns and provide opportunities to develop important life skills and support them into future employment.”

As part of the programme, we try to use the skills we see in a sporting context day to day and transfer them into an employability and education remit. Those include communication, teamwork, leadership, creativity, how to motivate yourself, how to be organised and looking after your own wellbeing.

We’re able to draw upon our commercial partner’s expertise and offer our learners the opportunity to experience a wide range of industries. We’re able to take our learners on factory visits, have Q&As with a whole range of people in different roles and offer them the chance to gain on hands experience.

For more information on the project and to find out more about our Employability and Education Pillar, contact the team today, nick.white@ospreysrugby.com