We’ve teamed up with Premiership Rugby and Brazilian partners Social Service for Industry (SESI) to bring an innovative rugby project to Sao Paulo State in Brazil.
Try Rugby SP is using the sport of rugby to engage with children and young people in schools and communities, delivering educational, social and health benefits, as well as helping to raise the number of young people playing the game in Brazil.
Twelve Premiership Rugby coaches are embedded within secondary schools in Sao Paulo State, coaching young people in the schools and their local community.
As well as getting more young Brazilians to play the sport, the programme is designed to help them develop valuable skills in areas such as teamwork, leadership and self-discipline.
It also tackles some of the social issues affecting the young people in their school or local community, for example lack of inclusion or juvenile crime.
Since September 2012, over 9,000 participants have been involved in rugby based activity in Brazil every week as the coaches have worked with rugby clubs and other community based social inclusion projects. This includes 300 teachers and volunteers who have been trained to coach the sport.
The partnership has been renewed until December 2014 and plans to expand across Brazil in the run up to the 2016 Olympics.