The sport of rugby has been used in Corby schools to help make learning fun.
This term has seen 10 schools in the borough work with Northampton Saints rugby club.
The Aviva Tackling Numbers scheme for primary schools is an engaging rugby-themed numeracy programme that makes learning about numbers fun, exciting and rewarding for seven to nine-year-olds.
Meanwhile the On The Front Foot scheme uses rugby’s core values to develop positive character traits in 11 to 18-year-olds through the use of rugby-themed classroom and practical activities.
One such school receiving Aviva Tackling Numbers sessions is Little Stanion Primary School, which was also visited by Saints winger Tom Collins this week.
Deputy head teacher Claudia Frost says the programme is giving the school’s youngsters a boost.
She said: “We’re a relatively new school so haven’t set up the kind of links with sports clubs that more established schools have done.
“So it’s great to be engaging with the Saints like this and to see them working in Corby.
“The kids have really embraced Aviva Tackling Numbers and are buzzing every time we have a session.
“They’re always asking ‘are we doing rugby today?’ and have been enthusiastic about both the classroom and practical sessions – whatever the weather!”
Saints community coach Connor Fleming says it is important for the club to be working in new areas of the county.
He said: “We’ve been delivering primarily in Northampton over the past few years, but have been looking to expand this year into new areas, like Corby.
“It’s important for us to be expanding the ‘brand’, so to speak, to get rugby into as many schools as possible.
“For us as a community department we want the projects to have a lasting effect and having a positive impact on the students we work with.
“We take pride in that as we deliver our sessions.”
The Saints community team and Study Centre use rugby to support schools across the curriculum, from maths and English to drama and science.
To see the full range of what is available head to www.northamptonsaints.co.uk/education.