Dell Festival of Touch Rugby

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Touch RugbyDell is partnering with Action for Children, HITZ Rugby, Beyond Sport and England Touch to launch its inaugural Dell Festival of Touch Rugby. Using touch rugby as a mechanism to increase young peoples’ resilience, self-reliance and confidence, the event will offer an environment for underserved young people to receive coaching and mentoring from well-known rugby players, such as Maggie Alphonsi, England women’s rugby player and flanker for Saracens W.R.F.C., and hear how they can apply skills learned on the field in the real world.

We are delighted that Dell has chosen to partner with Action for Children in its Festival of Touch Rugby. Through sport, this fun and unique event develops vulnerable young people’s confidence and resilience so they can reach their full potential and is a reflection of Dell’s commitment to those in greatest need of our support. – Sir Tony Hawkhead, CEO, Action for Children

Taking place at the Richmond Athletic Ground on 29 October, 2015, the Dell Festival of Touch Rugby will focus on the ability of sport to motivate and influence individuals to reach their full potential. The teams taking part will include young people aged 14-18 from around the UK, who are currently involved with HITZ Rugby, the UK’s largest rugby social inclusion programme.

We are at risk of losing a whole generation to a cycle of unemployment, disillusionment and disengagement from productive society.  The ethos of rugby develops grit, tenacity and perseverance that the HITZ programme and its partners helps kids prepare for the world of work. Teaming up with Dell will give the young people involved in our programme the chance to showcase their talents and meet some of their heroes – Helen Clayton, HITZ Rugby

On the day, coaching sessions will be run by England Touch, Maggie Alphonsi, together with a tournament, and a workshop aimed at demonstrating the real-life application of the values learned on the field, to be hosted by Action for Children. The workshop will share insight from Action for Children’s ‘Inspire IT’ programme, which provides online learning facilities and training to help young people improve their skills and level the employment playing field by eliminating digital exclusion. Action for Children and Dell team members will be in attendance to share best practice methods for connecting with employers, educators or friends and family digitally and use the attributes they’ve learned on the field to target and secure new opportunities.

As part of this event and wider initiatives, Dell is also working with Beyond Sport to promote, support and celebrate the use of sport to address social issues in communities around the world. Beyond Sport will be hosting Beyond Rugby on October 19th with Dell as the supporting partner. The one day event will bring together senior stakeholders from the world of rugby with, NGO’s, political leaders, key business organisations and academics, to set an agenda on  how rugby can be used to promote positive social change in communities that need it most.

Education has the power to transform children’s futures. What better way to learn valuable skills than through being involved in a sport. Touch Rugby teaches everyone important things that underpin our working lives: honesty, teamwork, fair play, respect for themselves and others and the adherence to rules. England Touch are delighted to be part of this programme and welcome the opportunity to support and influence these young people. – Gregg Cropper, President and Chairman, England Touch

Breaking down the digital divide and encouraging underserved young people to reach their potential is a key priority for Dell. “Businesses have an important part to play in actively changing the lives of today’s children – we have the means to provide the support and skills they need to succeed. The Dell Festival of Touch Rugby will give us the chance to equip young adults with a variety tools that will enable them to create greater opportunities for themselves in both education and employment environments,” said Tim Griffin, vice president and managing director, Dell UK and Welsh Rugby Union board member.