BATs Rugby DofE Programme
BATs is a community rugby club working across the North of Edinburgh. It draws its name from its three partners: Broughton, Edinburgh Accies, and Trinity Accies rugby clubs. The geography of BATs covers a wide range of diverse social and economic challenges, and the club brings together young people from a number of schools to work together and play together.
This season has seen BATs launch a programme where all aspects of the Bronze DofE can be achieved through involvement with BATs and rugby. A squad of players have volunteered to help coach younger teams and players, they have also developed their physical skills through their own playing and development programmes. Many members have taken part in a junior referees’ development programme in conjunction with the Edinburgh Rugby Referees Society. They will complete their Expedition through an innovative pre-season training weekend which is run in partnership with Edinburgh City Council’s Outdoor Education team.
Callum Black is one of BATs Development Officers and the driving force behind the programme. He said “we became very aware of time pressures on players, teachers, and parents and realised that we could work hand in hand with the DofE to support young people to achieve their Bronze Award. It’s not been easy – the volunteering has involved being out in the cold and wet of winter helping young players develop and the refereeing required learning, application and a fair degree of resilience on the pitch. We are really pleased with the way our first group has progressed and we’re looking forward to the next set of BATs players working on their Bronze programmes.”