1. ITV Report

Scheme to make rugby accessible in all schools across Wales

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The Welsh Rugby Union has launched a programme to give rugby opportunities to children across Wales.

Rugby officers will offer the sport to boys and girls of all abilities and backgrounds, especially those with challenging behaviours.

The scheme is part of the WRU's hub programme to give every child in Wales a 'positive rugby experience'.

The Head of Rugby Participation at WRU and former Wales Captain, Ryan Jones, is confident it will set young people up for a 'lifelong affinity' to the sport.

The hubs certainly lived up to the task of increasing rugby provision for boys and girls. However, we now recognise that hub officers bring so much more to a school environment than deliver rugby and the new landscape sets out to acknowledge the wider benefits for all pupils, whatever their ability of being involved in rugby.

– Ryan Jones

Since the first hub officers were appointed in 2014, the number of rugby played by pupils in schools and colleges has increased dramatically - 1000% for boys and 11000% for girls.

More than 3900 pupils have completed the Rugby Leaders qualification during the first phase.

It aims to also be a positive influence to improve behaviours of challenging pupils and their attitude towards learning, and also aims to deliver inclusive and disability rugby to pupils with special educational needs.