Street Active, funded by Curo, sees local young people taking on new sports and learning life skills
This Monday night, Bath Rugby players Tom Dunn and Kane Palma Newport delivered a sport and sexual health session in Foxhill. Street Active takes place in Springfield Park every Monday 7pm-8pm and sees Bath Rugby Foundation coaches getting kids off benches and onto the pitch to keep them out of trouble and improve their health. The free sessions run for 40 weeks of the year giving young people the chance to meet the Foundation coaches and mentors, and learn life skills.
This week’s session focussed on sexual health – how to stay safe and why sexual health is important to anyone who is sexually active. Dunn and Palma-Newport supported the Foundation coaches in delivering their messages as ambassadors for the charity before playing rugby with the kids.
The programme builds on the Foundation’s existing outreach and employability projects, which aim to reach disengaged young people and get them ready for the world of work. It uses the values of rugby: camaraderie, loyalty, discipline and respect to build confidence and teach participants how to take better care of themselves.
Kane Palma-Newport, Bath Rugby player, said, “It’s been great to come down tonight and meet the kids. Bath Rugby Foundation do so much great work in the city and as someone who grew up in the area, I know how important it is for us and the Club to give help and opportunities to young people who need it”
Joe Aygul, Outreach Officer, Bath Rugby Foundation, said, “It’s been great to have Kane and Tom with us tonight. As local lads, they are role models for the kids here in Foxhill so having them reinforce our messages about safe sex has been brilliant. There’s always a few laughs at first when you bring up a topic like this. Our STD quiz is always a particularly funny moment! But by being open and honest about STDs, we show young people it’s ok to talk”
Mike Grist, Curo’s Director of Regeneration said “We’re thrilled to support Bath Rugby Foundation to bring Street Active to Foxhill. It’s great to work with the city’s leading sporting institution. Street Active offers young people the opportunity to try something new, make friends and develop their skills. It supports our vision to use the development of Mulberry Park to provide social and economic opportunities for local people”
Claire Coleman, Senior Youth Worker, Youth Connect, said, “Having Joe come down from Bath Rugby Foundation every week has made such a difference to what we do here in Foxhill. It can be so challenging to get kids off their Xboxes, and off the park benches and engage them in activities but Street Active does just that. It’s been particularly great having Tom and Kane here tonight to present certificates to the young people for the life skills they have learnt. It’s not every day you get to hang out with celebrities on a bus in Foxhill!”