We are about to enter another exciting stage of the venture. Since a few weeks a lot of time has been invested in planning and preparing a brand new business field, the 7 Bamboos Rugby School Programme (launch date: Summer 2014).
The core element of 7 Bamboos Rugby is always development, no matter if it is in the office or on a rugby field. However what really matters is to figure out which aspects we want to develop? What kind of skills do we want to emphasise our development programmes on?
We think a simple, standardised 7s rugby skill based approach (passing, running, tackling etc.) wouldn’t do the (whole) job, especially if the purpose is to offer “holistic” skill development.
Recent research in education has proven that there is a deep lack of non-cognitive skills, also referred to “soft skills” or “character” skills in young people. One reason for this neglect is an education system that overly emphasise a cognitive skill based curriculum.
Non-cognitive skills, on the other hand, including perseverance, motivation, self-esteem, self-control, conscientiousness and forward-thinking behaviour, often don’t find sufficient room in schools. No one would really question the importance of these skills and there is plenty of scientific evidence, explaining that people equipped with such skills achieve much higher in education, health and economic areas of life.
This is where we identified a great opportunity and consequently the need for the school programme. The development and application of soft skills are very familiar in sport environments including 7s rugby. For example just consider how essential high levels of motivation are to any kind of athletes in order to succeed.
This idea left us wondering how to offer a coaching programme that emphasises these important soft skills, rather than a pure sport based skill set?
The chance to coach a skill set that helps young people to benefit on- and off the rugby field, whether this is in or outside the school environment would be a really encouraging vision.
By no means would we argue that we have the “all problems” solving solution in hand but what we hope to offer is a comprehensive and enjoyable approach towards learning. Not just 7s rugby, but learning for life.