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#1 walter sobchak

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Posted 01 September 2013 - 12:18 PM

Not having sky I obviously don't get to see any matches or program's unless I'm at my parents house or watching games at the pub but today whilst at my mam's house for Sunday dinner I saw an advert for an upcoming series on sky sports called "school of hard knocks" which sees young men from deprived areas suffering from hardships such as unemployment, crime, homelessness etc in Britain band together in order to train and play a series of competitive rugby union matches under the guidance of former lions will greenwood and Scott quinnell. The series takes place in Glasgow but I believe past series have been in Croydon and Liverpool and by the looks of things it gives a tremendous boost to the confidence of the young adults and some guidance and direction for sorting their lives out in terms of discipline, education, jobs etc. so my main question is why union and not league? Projects like this are not only great for the young adults and the communities in which they live but for rugby union as well, it's great publicity for union and it also exposes union to an audience that aren't normally associated with rugby union, who could become future fans of the game and even players. Surely rugby league and sky could run a similar project?

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Posted 01 September 2013 - 12:20 PM

There has been a similar project on Boots N All this season called 'Sams Team'. Its been very good and could easily be expanded in to a fully fledged show like School of Hard Knocks.

 

It would be good to see!


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Posted 01 September 2013 - 12:25 PM

There has been a similar project on Boots N All this season called 'Sams Team'. Its been very good and could easily be expanded in to a fully fledged show like School of Hard Knocks.
 
It would be good to see!

Excellent, I'll have to check it out.

#4 Gav Wilson

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Posted 01 September 2013 - 12:32 PM

Excellent, I'll have to check it out.

 

Here's a clicky link Walter!


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#5 Scubby

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Posted 01 September 2013 - 12:53 PM

Not having sky I obviously don't get to see any matches or program's unless I'm at my parents house or watching games at the pub but today whilst at my mam's house for Sunday dinner I saw an advert for an upcoming series on sky sports called "school of hard knocks" which sees young men from deprived areas suffering from hardships such as unemployment, crime, homelessness etc in Britain band together in order to train and play a series of competitive rugby union matches under the guidance of former lions will greenwood and Scott quinnell. The series takes place in Glasgow but I believe past series have been in Croydon and Liverpool and by the looks of things it gives a tremendous boost to the confidence of the young adults and some guidance and direction for sorting their lives out in terms of discipline, education, jobs etc. so my main question is why union and not league? Projects like this are not only great for the young adults and the communities in which they live but for rugby union as well, it's great publicity for union and it also exposes union to an audience that aren't normally associated with rugby union, who could become future fans of the game and even players. Surely rugby league and sky could run a similar project?

 

I think a lot of London RL's development work with young people would mimic this project.



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Posted 01 September 2013 - 01:21 PM

Not having sky I obviously don't get to see any matches or program's unless I'm at my parents house or watching games at the pub but today whilst at my mam's house for Sunday dinner I saw an advert for an upcoming series on sky sports called "school of hard knocks" which sees young men from deprived areas suffering from hardships such as unemployment, crime, homelessness etc in Britain band together in order to train and play a series of competitive rugby union matches under the guidance of former lions will greenwood and Scott quinnell. The series takes place in Glasgow but I believe past series have been in Croydon and Liverpool and by the looks of things it gives a tremendous boost to the confidence of the young adults and some guidance and direction for sorting their lives out in terms of discipline, education, jobs etc. so my main question is why union and not league? Projects like this are not only great for the young adults and the communities in which they live but for rugby union as well, it's great publicity for union and it also exposes union to an audience that aren't normally associated with rugby union, who could become future fans of the game and even players. Surely rugby league and sky could run a similar project?

The Rhode Island Rebelion do something similar in the USA with young guys who have lost their way and find themselves on the wrong side of the law. One of these guys has recently played for the RIR's team in the USARL after coming through their U23 system.

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Posted 01 September 2013 - 01:44 PM

The TV companies like the whole "culture clash" with teenage tearaways interacting with public school boys. Something that doesn't really happen with RL.

Though of course RL is also an excellent way of straightening out youngsters.