Plymstock Albion Oaks' thrilled with inclusive rugby programme

10 Oct 2017 19:02 | Sara Raine

PLYMSTOCK Albion Oaks are delighted with how their new inclusive rugby programme is going.

Oaks started weekly Sunday morning sessions in mid-September for youngsters with special educational needs.

It followed on from an inclusive rugby day the club held in conjunction with local schools and Devon RFU in July.

“It is going really well,” said Oaks chairman Nigel Higginson. “Each week we are getting new people and our target is to have 20 youngsters by the end of the season.”

Plymstock are believed to be the first club in Devon to be running this type of programme.

“The idea is for us to feel the water so that we can then roll out a model for other clubs,” said Higginson. “At the moment we are just seeing what works. Who knows where it is going to take us.”

Oaks’ inclusive rugby sessions start at 10.15am on a Sunday at Horsham Fields.

The Staddiscombe-based club have also started sessions for pre-school children aged two to four years old.

In addition, Plymstock are also running a mental health initiative at their club and on Friday (October 13) they will be holding a gala dinner and auction to raise money for the Mario Curtis Foundation.

More than 100 people will be attending the event, which aims to raise awareness of mental health. Plymouth Albion fly-half Dan Mugford is hoping to attend as a guest speaker.