Esther Rantzen on ChildLine and Rugby

Premier Rugby has been working with ChildLine for quite a while now, through ‘Family Forwards’ (a fundraising campaign that raised £6000 this season, enough to answer more than 1500 children’s calls) and the ChildLine / Premier Rugby ‘Kick Bullying Into Touch’ Programme, our anti-bullying mentoring scheme that aims to turn back the tide of bullying in schools.

Founder and president of ChildLine Esther Rantzen attended the Guinness Premiership Final this past weekend, and spoke to us about ChildLine, boys and bullying, ChildLine’s Child’s Voice Appeal and the upcoming ChildLine Rocks concert.

To date, Community Managers from the Guinness Premiership clubs have introduced the ‘Kick Bullying Into Touch’ programme to 135 schools. By the end of the two year pilot, they will have run the programme in 780 schools to reach 234,000 children with anti-bullying messages. Each child will receive an information card with anti bullying messages from a player from each Premiership club including Steve Borthwick, Jonny Wilkinson and Paul Sackey.

You can learn more about the work we’re doing with the NSPCC on their site here.

Saracens is Community Club of the Year

Saracens beat off stiff opposition from Worcester Warriors and Northampton Saints to win this year’s Parliamentary Citizenship Awards yesterday. The judging panel included Derek Wyatt MP, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Rugby Union Group, Paul Farrelly MP and Andy Reed MP. Mark McCafferty, the Chief Executive of Premier Rugby and Miriam Sherlock, the editor of SportBusiness Magazine were also part of the panel. Here’s a video about how the day of the final.

Parliamentary CSR Awards from Glasshouse Partnership on Vimeo.