Rugby Reading Champions

Leicester Tigers

Rugby Reading Champions helps children aged 9 to 11 improve their reading skills with exciting rugby-themed lessons.

About the programme

Rugby Reading Champions is a reading intervention that improves the reading skills and attitude towards reading of pupils aged 9-11 who are not meeting expected levels.

Across 10 weeks, pupils will learn core reading comprehension skills, and improve their reading confidence, enjoyment of reading and motivation to read. They'll be guided through a series of lessons based around the five core values of rugby: teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship.

What schools get

  • Lessons delivered by rugby coaches

    Rugby coaches who have been trained by National Literacy Trust professionals to deliver the programme will run 10 sessions with your class.

  • Books

    Every school will get a box full of great books for students which cover rugby and other topics, including titles like Rugby Academy: Combat Zone by Tom Palmer, Kick by Mitch Johnson and El Deafo by Cece Bell.

  • Classroom materials

    Pupils will be given engaging branded materials when they take part in the programme including a workbook, posters, stickers, bookmarks and more.

Rugby balls

Could you take part?

A pilot of the programme will be delivered until the end of 2020 in two areas in England where literacy problems are seriously impacting people’s lives. The first pilot areas are Leicester and Sale, where rugby coaches from Leicester Tigers Foundation and Sale Sharks have been trained to deliver the programme in local schools.

Are you based in Leicester or Sale, with Year 5 and 6 pupils not meeting expected levels? They could benefit from taking part in Rugby Reading Champions, and we are looking for schools to take part from spring 2021. Email us at to register interest.

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