At first glance it would be easy write rugby off as a brutal sport played by thugs. In actuality nothing could be further from the truth.

At its very heart rugby has five core values underpinning its unique ethos;
Teamwork, Respect, Integrity, Enjoyment and Discipline.

These values are instilled at an early age and reinforced at every level of the game, both off and on the field.

As part of Coventry’s ten year sports strategy, Engage!, at Coventry Sports Foundation, have designed a course, implemented both inside and outside the classroom to help children understand these core values.

The programme, developed by both Teachers and Sports Coaches can be tailored for each school to ensure it covers the criteria set out within the School Sport Premium funding to develop sustainable improvements to P.E. and sport in the school. Whilst it also supports the OFSTED Framework around character education.

The Programme

Year Group: FREE to all Year 4/5/6 aged children. EVP is also available for key stages 1-2.
Cost: The first 6 week programme is completely FREE! Further programmes, afterschool clubs and any other delivery will be charged for on an individual basis as required.
School’s Weekly commitment: 2 hours in total - 1 hour classroom values lesson, and a 1 hour tag rugby session outside, linking both the values and rugby together.
Programme Duration: 10 weeks including a tag festival and school assemblies.

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Rugby brings together a group of individuals and moulds them into a single unit, where they learn to support and encourage one another in pursuit of a common goal. This team spirit cuts across cultural, geographic and religious differences and often leads to the creation of lifelong friendships.


Respect is of the utmost importance to rugby, as players are taught to show respect for their teammates, the opposition, their coaches, the match officials and themselves. They must work to earn and retain the respect of the rugby community by setting good examples both on and off the pitch.


Rugby is a sport built around honesty and fairness, where players must be magnanimous in victory and gracious in defeat. It teaches players to work hard in pursuit of success, both on the field of play and in their everyday lives.


Rugby is a fast and exciting sport that generates great passion amongst its participants. It is also very sociable and provides an opportunity to make enriching friendships with people from diverse backgrounds and communities.


Discipline is central to rugby, as is evidenced by the fact that the rules of the game are still referred to as laws. Rugby teaches the importance of adhering to rules, an attribute that all participants are expected to demonstrate both on and off the field.