Learning doesn’t come naturally to every child. Some children might struggle to keep focused or struggle to find the confidence to engage with teachers or classmates.

Council surveys show that 17% of pupils in Bath & North East Somerset enjoy ‘hardly any’ of their lessons. This is well above the national average.

That’s why Bath Rugby Foundation created its Stickability programme, which has now evolved into Raising the Game - Primary, to give young people aged 9 and 10 the opportunities to develop learning skills and confidence.

Delivered in primary schools throughout B&NES and Wiltshire, we use a combination of literacy sessions and active tag rugby to reinforce five core learning skills:

  • Individual problem solving
  • Perseverance and focus
  • Emotional resilience
  • Empathy and supporting others
  • Teamwork and collaboration.


The programme is funded by Bath Rugby Foundation from 2018-19.

In 2015, the programme was recognised by the Department for Education who awarded the Foundation with a Character Award.

If you think this programme could change the lives of students in your classroom, get in touch with our Education Officer Jonno Wood