Youth and Youth Offending

The game of rugby is an ideal vehicle for engaging with young people, especially those who have been excluded or are on the margins of society, whether through poverty, lack of education, or through offending.

Numerous national and regional programmes, often working with partners, allows the RFU to reach thousands of young people each year, including working in prisons, with Pupil Referral Units and children and young people unable to attend mainstream school and in economically deprived rural and inner city areas.

Using rugby to help build self-esteem and confidence, and by harnessing the values of the game, including respect, teamwork, discipline, enjoyment and sportsmanship, the aim of these programmes is to encourage enjoyment playing the sport and to teach skills that have value both on and off the pitch.