Tackling Numbers Shortlisted For A Sports Marketing 360 Award

Premiership Rugby and MBNA’s ground-breaking Tackling Numbers programme has been shortlisted for an award at the Sports Marketing 360 Awards in the “Making a Difference” category.

Tackling Numbers is a rugby-themed numeracy programme that aims to teach 8-9 year olds the importance of number skills in everyday life, through both classroom sessions and practical number-based rugby games.

John Greaves, Corporate Communications Director for MBNA, said: “We have been thrilled with the success of the Tackling Numbers programme and with the positive feedback it has received. We believe it is important to equip young people with the knowledge and tools to help them manage their money in the future. Engaging them in mathematics in a practical and enjoyable way, with some of the stars of English rugby, allows us to provide a foundation for good financial literacy in adulthood.”

Votes can be cast at www.sportsmarketing360.com/awards until the 5th September 2012.


We’re delighted to announce that Tackling Numbers has been shortlisted for the Best Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Programme in the Card & Payment Awards.

Tackling Numbers, taken by Geoff Caddick/PA Wire

Tackling Numbers, taken by Geoff Caddick/PA Wire

Tackling Numbers is an interactive numeracy programme for young children, developed and delivered by Premiership Rugby in partnership with MBNA. The five week programme aims to teach 8-9 year olds the importance of number skills in everyday life.

Rugby is a social game that unites and brings people from all over the world together, and so it’s great to see rugby’s ability to engage with children being used to engage kids in the classroom. The programme utilizes the power of rugby to promote the understanding and learning of numeracy in a fun and enjoyable way, and the classroom sessions are supported by practical PE sessions that unite an active mind with an active body.

The winner will be announced on 1st February 2012, so check back then to find out if we’ve won!

Harlequins Try Learning

Just found out that last month Literacy Today Magazine ran a nice little story on Try Learning, a scheme that Harlequins are running as part of the DCSF’s Playing for Success programme. In the article, Lisa Fenaroli describes how the programme helps children improve their literacy, numeracy and ICT skills. Click here for a PDF version.