The Consortium employees celebrate continuing partnership with Bath Rugby Foundation

Wednesday 10th December 2014

Following October’s announcement that The Consortium will continue to sponsor the ‘Stickability’ literacy programme for a further two years, volunteers from the Trowbridge-based company joined Foundation staff at St Paul’s Primary School in Chippenham to celebrate the new funding deal.

Volunteers and staff from Bath Rugby assisted in the classroom as the children got to grips with grammatical exercises and, despite the rain, also got stuck in as the session moved onto the sports fields.
Volunteers Chris Hubbard and Bev Christie from The Consortium joined Foundation Education Manager Vicky Heslop and sports coach Becks Toan for a two hour session with the Year 4 and 5 pupils.

In addition to funding the two year programme, The Consortium allows staff to take time out of their working day to assist in the delivery of the programme. Data collected last year shows these volunteers provided over 400 hours of support in the first year of delivery and had an impact on around 800 local children.

The ‘Stickability’ programme is designed to give young people aged 9 and 10 the opportunities and support to develop learning skills and confidence. Delivered in primary schools throughout BaNES and Wiltshire through a combination of classroom-based literacy sessions and active tag rugby sport sessions, the programme aims to reinforce core learning skills.

Each school involved receives two hours of provision each week for six weeks. In the first hour pupils work to develop their writing skills in the classroom, and then head out to work on their Tag rugby skills during the second hour. The five core learning skills are reinforced throughout both halves of the session through a special sticker system and lots of praise.

The project is led by Bath Rugby Foundation’s Education Manager Vicky Heslop, with delivery support from Foundation Coach Joe Aygul and Jenny Hyde. Vicky Heslop said, “It was great for me to be able to showcase our Stickability literacy programme to a number of my colleagues this week. We are so fortunate to have financial support from The Consortium who really believe in the project and we wanted to celebrate this. It needs to be mentioned that we wouldn’t be able to run the programme without The Consortium also providing their staff as weekly volunteers to help deliver the programme.”

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