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RuTC Hosts Goalball for the New Zealand All BlacksMonday 6 November 2017
On Friday 3 November, Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) hosted a goalball session for players from the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team. Sponsored by AIG, the official insurance partner of New Zealand Rugby, the session was organised to bring together AIG’s charity partnerships with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and Endeavour Fund to create a unique experience with the All Blacks while celebrating the power of sport.
Goalball is a team sport for athletes with visual impairments, originally devised in 1946 as a means of assisting the rehabilitation of visually impaired World War II veterans. It is played by two teams of three using a ball with bells inside. The object of the game is to throw the ball into the opposing team's net while defenders attempt to block it with their bodies.
After being introduced to the sport and learning the basics while blindfolded, the five All Blacks players: Damian McKenzie, Waisake Naholo, Ardie Savea, Lima Sopoaga and Codie Taylor teamed up with AIG, Endeavour Fund and RNIB players and went head to head in a series of matches.
RuTC Supported Learning students Georgia Herdman, Paige Ikin, Melisa Showsmith and Yan Rudnicki had the opportunity to meet players from the New Zealand All Blacks. The event took place the day before the All Black defeated the Barbarians at Twickenham Stadium.
Mark Brough, Sports Development and Facilities Manager at RuTC commented, “It was a pleasure to once again host an AIG sport event at the college. The students and members of the sports team attending enjoyed finding out more about the sport and afterwards expressed an interest in introducing the sport at the college. Students and staff were grateful for the opportunity to attend and have the opportunity to meet some of the players.“
Sarah Davies, Corporate Citizenship and Events Manager at AIG further commented, “We were thrilled to work with RuTC. You provided a fantastic location for the session and it was great to be immersed in the Richmond upon Thames community once again. The players thoroughly enjoyed meeting the students and wish them all the best with their future careers.”
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The Change Foundation and Team Habana visit RuTCTuesday 16 January 2018
In December, Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) hosted a range of charity and sports events in the Richmond upon Thames College Community Sports Centre and facilities, in association with The Change Foundation and the Bryan Habana Foundation.
The Change Foundation engages with marginalised and at-risk young people, facing some of the world’s toughest challenges through the power of sport and dance. The foundation’s newest programme, Team Habana, develops the next generation of young leaders through the values of rugby, using the philosophies and support of Rugby World Cup winning Springbok legend Bryan Habana.
The ‘Team Habana London Cohort Residential’, brought together 7 young leaders to take part in the programme - which started with a 3 day residential run at Harlequins Rugby Club in Twickenham. The organisation focuses upon group leadership training, one to one project development support, mentoring and leadership residential retreats. South African rugby union player, Bryan Habana, who founded the organisation, also made a personal appearance.
Mark Brough, Richmond upon Thames College Sports Centre Manager, said “The Change Foundation and the Bryan Habana Foundation chose RuTC as one of their hosts for their London Cohort Residential because of RuTC’s close proximity to Harlequins. We often support Harlequins bookings and events, as well as offering external organisations the use and hire of our sports facilities.”
70% of the Team Habana leaders are young women who have become role models for 100s of children in their communities, breaking down stereotypes of women in leadership positions in sport.
The project helps increase young people’s confidence and competence in a range of leadership behaviours for them to fully discover their leadership potential through volunteering within their local communities.
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