During the Easter holidays, Dallaglio RugbyWorks coaches and Dame Kelly Holmes Trust athletes worked together to deliver multi sports camps at Streatham & Croydon Rugby Football Clubs over four days.

Over the last two years we have been working collaboratively with Dallaglio Rugby Works, with Trust athlete mentors delivering weekly sport sessions alongside DRW coaches in a total of five schools across London. Working together on these Easter camps has been an extension of this partnership and assists young people to become more active and improve their wellbeing.

As well as trying out new sports across the sessions such as fencing and boxing, DWR coaches delivered a Level 1 qualification in Sports Leadership to all participants. This gave the young people an opportunity to learn and demonstrate important life skills such as effective communication and organisational skills, whilst learning to lead basic physical activities and sport sessions.

Alongside this our Trust athlete mentors delivered food education workshops, talking to the young people about their lifestyle and how an athlete manages their diet as well as tips for eating healthily on a budget.

Trust athlete mentor and Commonwealth fencing champion Claire Bennett said:

The Easter camps have been great fun. I loved sharing my sport with the kids and seeing how much they enjoyed trying new activities. Everybody got stuck in and the smiles on their faces said it all! The camps are a fantastic way for kids to engage in physical activity and well-being while having a lot of fun!

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Grace Kane, Dallaglio RugbyWorks Coach added:

The Easter camp is about creating new opportunities for the young people we work with. It gives our young people the chance to try new sports such as fencing that without the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust athletes they may not have access to.  Also by working with the Trust athlete mentors we are able to show our young people what the life of a professional athlete looks like. 

Alongside Claire, we also had Olympic judo player Ben Fletcher and British boxing champion Hannah Beharry representing the Trust and passing on their knowledge and experience to the young people involved.