Rugby works for disadvantaged kids
The Australian Buildcorp Wallaroos may have met their match at Optus Stadium on Saturday, but one organisation is a winner because of two players, in particular.
Cottesloe Rugby Club’s Rebecca Clough and Queenslander Sarah (“The Beast”) Riordan are ambassadors for P2S RUGBYWORKS, a Perth-based charity that assists disadvantaged kids into the workforce via the medium of rugby.
The pair was joined by Buildcorp Wallaroos head coach Dwayne Nestor and deputy Matthew Tink in a pre-test function at Perth City’s Quay hotel before a large audience on Thursday night.
The women spoke of their careers and being seen as role models for young women taking up the sport and how they get to interact with youngsters in the RUGBYWORKS programme.
P2S RUGBYWORKS Founder & CEO Fraser Griggs, gave the keynote speech about how the charity is trying to “break the cycle” when it comes to disadvantaged youth falling through the cracks in education and being prepared for a working life.
“P2S RUGBYWORKS is a progressive long-term employability program to help young people develop life values; a new approach to tackle social exclusion and mental health issues”
“Our aim is to promote social inclusion and ensure our youngsters can achieve long-term, sustainable education, training and employment as an integral part of their communities”
Sadly for the Buildcorp Wallaroos, they were unable to break the Silver Ferns hoodoo, going down to world champion New Zealand 47-10 before a world-record women’s rugby audience of 30,342.
Clough ran on to the field late in the match for her 23rd international cap when the match was unfortunately beyond winning.
Pictured (from left) are Assistant Coach Matthew Tink, Wallaroo Sarah Riordan, P2S RUGBYWORKS Founder & CEO Fraser Griggs, Wallaroo Rebecca Clough, Head Coach Dwayne Nestor and Wallaby #828 Richard Brown.
We are delighted to announce that Bob Dayman, our Head of Coaching this morning hitched his caravan and headed north to the Midwest to start work with our new coaches; Matty Tyler and Leena East, in Geraldton. Why? Because we are launching P2S RUGBYWORKS sessions with the youngsters at the Geraldton Flexible Learning Centre this term!
Bob will be showing Matty and Leena the ropes with regard to the mixture of outdoor and indoor sessions they will need to conduct to follow the RUGBYWORKS curriculum and help develop their youngsters to enable them to aspire to, and achieve a sustainable future in education, training and employment.
We are very excited to be taking our first steps into Regional WA and would like to thank Jess McLaren, Associate Head of Campus, for allowing us to introduce our WA Police-endorsed program into her care school.
We are now actively seeking corporate sponsors in the Geraldton area to help with kit and equipment for the sessions and to also provide employability insights to the participants.
P2S RUGBYWORKS Inc. CEO, Fraser Griggs stated ‘We are so pleased with the success we’ve had in the Perth Metro area since our inception in December 2017 that we have been actively seeking opportunities to take our proven program out to the ‘at-risk’ youngsters in regional WA. We are so thankful to Jess and also Tom Gorman for researching our work and giving us this opportunity. We’d like to welcome both Matty and Leena to our team and would encourage any other community focused volunteers to contact us, no matter where in WA they reside to explore the opportunity to join our team of passionate volunteers and launch P2S RUGBYWORKS in their area.’
Jess McLaren commented ‘Geraldton Flexible Learning Centre is honoured to work with P2S RUGBYWORKS to offer this exciting program in the Midwest. RUGBYWORKS is a reputable and endorsed program that provides quality training to facilitators, delivers an evidence based program to young people and benefits the entire community. We look forward to providing an opportunity for Geraldton’s young people to develop personal and interpersonal skills through rugby, with the aim of increasing employability and improving life outcomes. Both organisations have collaborated over a six-month period to ensure that the program is staffed and implemented to its full potential. We thank Fraser, Bob and the RUGBYWORKS team for working towards this and we look forward to the long term successes in providing positive opportunities to disenfranchised youth in our community’.
Coffee Club Kalamunda
P2S RUGBYWORKS is pleased to welcome Coffee Club Kalamunda as a Bronze Sponsor. Nestled in the centre of Kalamunda village the Coffee Club offers great coffee, all day breakfast as well as a range of casual modern Australian dishes from a steak sandwich to Asian Calamari salad. Don’t forget to try them out next time you are up in the hills.
Find them at: www.coffeeclub.com.au/stores/kalamunda/
Car Clinic WA
P2S RUGBYWOKS welcomes Car Clinic-WA as a Bronze Sponsor. Car Clinic-WA believes in great professional and prompt service to their customers and constantly seek ways to delight their customers with the work they perform on their vehicles. We look forward to a long and happy relationship with them.
Find them www.carclinicwa.com.au
P2S RUGBYWORKS Inc. are delighted to have recruited a high profile coach to join our list of volunteer staff to help us deliver the P2S RUGBYWORKS program to disengaged, marginalised and ‘at risk’ youth in Western Australia. Wallaby #828 (Yes! – a former Australian International!) Richard Brown has come onboard as a coach after making 89 appearances for Western Force, winning 23 caps for Australia.
Richard will be a tremendous role model for our youngsters and his enthusiasm to ‘give back’ to the Western Australian community will hopefully rub-off on our enrolled students to help them aspire to a future in long-term, sustainable education, training and employment.
Altair Mining Consultants
We are delighted to welcome the Altair Mining Consultancy as a Gold Sponsor of P2S RUGBYWORKS. Altair Mining Consultancy is as a company has a passion and commitment to delivery for the needs of its clients and stakeholders. It works closely with clients, seeking innovative ways to ensure optimal delivery on projects. As a company it recognises and values people’s differences and embraces, encourages and nurtures new ideas.
With its name ‘Altair’ linked to an old Arabic word for flying eagle the company embraces values such as opportunity, community, action and determination all of which resonate with P2S RUGBYWORKS ideals.
We are delighted to be working with Altair Mining Consultancy and look forward to many years of fruitful collaboration.
Find them at: www.altairmc.com.au
P2S RUGBYWORKS welcomes on board new Bronze Sponsor
Peter Holmes – The Auctioneering Company WA
P2S RUGBYWORKS is delighted to welcome Peter as a Bronze Sponsor. Peter is an all classes, licensed auctioneer who works for the benefit of sellers to maximise results for them. Peter has a long and successful relationship with Rugby Union starting at school and progressing to be a referee/coach with WA Rugby Referee’s Association.
You can phone Peter on 0402 226 444 almost any time – if he does not answer straight away he’s either preparing /doing an auction or refereeing a rugby match somewhere – but he will get back to you very soon!
Welcome on board Peter.
Find them at: www.tacwa.biz
P2S RUGBYWORKS have signed our first GOLD SPONSOR! We are delighted to have the magnificent support of Gavin Trim and Nationwide Training to help our youngsters in more ways than one.
In addition to much needed funding, Nationwide Training have agreed to put together scholarship opportunities for our youngsters to aspire to. They will provide 2 scholarships each year over the course of the 3 year agreement, in addition to hosting employability workshops to give our students exposure to the opportunities available in the transport and logistics industry.
Nationwide Training is a registered training organisation delivering transport and logistics training in Western Australia for over 20 years. Specialising in Forklift, Dangerous goods and Chain of Responsibility courses.
Managing Director, Gavin Trim said “When I found out about P2S Rugbyworks and the support that they provide to young Australians through sporting programmes I wanted to assist this fantastic organisation and the work they are doing.
As a business owner and former Rugby player it is great to be able to provide sponsorship support to P2S Rugbyworks and provide access to the transport and logistics industry in Western Australia via our nationally recognised training courses and our client network.”
Fraser Griggs, CEO of P2S RUGBYWORKS Inc. couldn’t hide his delight at the deal, stating “I’m so pleased we have finally secured a GOLD SPONSOR here in Western Australia. The most pleasing aspect is that this is not simply a partnership that provides us with much needed funding; it also provides opportunities for the marginalised youth of WA. Gavin is particularly keen to help these youngsters out directly in the form of scholarships. We love his vision and that he shares the same objectives as us for the future of our program. Hopefully other businesses in WA will follow Gavin’s lead and help us support us in our aim of getting our youngsters into long-term, sustainable education, training and employment”
P2S RUGBYWORKS are pleased to welcome another high profile ambassador to our team to help us spread the word, grow the game and inspire our marginalised youngsters.
Cobie-Jane Morgan joins us from her Brisbane base after a glowing endorsement from Wallaroos Head Coach & P2S RUGBYWORKS Coaching Ambassador Dwayne Nestor.
We asked Cobie-Jane to tell us a bit about herself and her motivation for joining our team:
Who I am-
Plumber by trade, teacher by day.
Have recently changed careers and made the move from Sydney to Brisbane and fortunate enough to then be selected into the Qld Super W squad.
Played for the Wallaroos since 2009 as my first debut in Samoa was a qualifier for the 2010 World Cup.
Very passionate about helping others in all facets of life and hoping to inspire many young Australian kids to be the best version of themselves.
Motivation- Everyday the sun rises and it’s a new opportunity to be a better version of yesterday. I am inspired by many strong women who have impacted my life not just in sport but life in general. I have been surrounded by independent strong wahine (women) who have culturally, emotionally & physically shaped me to be the woman I am today & I hope I can pass that legacy on to the future generation.
Rugby & any form of training or physically activity is my outlet & if I can impact one youngster positively in this form I know I’ve succeeded.
Fabulous start to an important week and year for P2S RUGBYWORKS Inc.
At the start of an important week (details to follow later this week) and to invigorate the whole team ahead of our first full year of operations:
DWAYNE NESTOR – National Head Coach of the Wallaroos, Australia’s Womens Rugby XV has joined P2S RUGBYWORKS as our Coaching Ambassador.
Dwayne has a hugely inspiring CV:
Dwayne is a professional rugby coach and mindset coach with 13 years coaching experience in elite sport.
His coaching experience is broad and includes:
* International rugby as current Head Coach of the Australian Wallaroos. Assistant Coach at 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup.
* Mindset coaching in sporting, corporate and professional settings
* Head Coach Western Force 10s team – Won the 2016 World Club 10s.
* Head Coach Perth Spirit team – Won the 2016 National Rugby Championships.
* Kicking Coach Western Force – 2014 to 2016.
* Western Force Academy Coach – 2009 to 2017.
Dwayne has worked with numerous international rugby stars including Wallaby’s Dane Haylett-Petty, Kyle Godwin and Richard Hardwick, and Wallaroo Rebecca Clough. He has also worked with the Perth International Cricket Academy, Southern Sports Academy, Athletics WA and West Coast Fever star, Verity Charles.
He has presented speeches and workshops across a broad range of industries from Local Government for WALGA to Insurance for AICLA to Networking for District 32’s Inner Sanctum.
P2S RUGBYWORKS Founder & CEO, Fraser Griggs said “This is a deeply significant addition to our team. Dwayne brings instant credibility and trust to our brand and our program. Hopefully this will validate our ambition in people’s eyes; to become a national charity here in Australia. By recruiting Dwayne to support and represent our coaching team I hope we have demonstrated that we are fully committed to building a team and a program to support and inspire all marginalised and disadvantaged youngsters in Western Australia and beyond – our main objective being to help our youngsters into long-term, sustainable education, training and employment to the benefit not only those youngsters, but also their families and the broader communities to which they belong and contribute.”
Dwayne is an iconic figure throughout the rugby union and sporting landscape in Australia. On joining the team Dwayne said: “It’s an honour to be involved with P2S Rugbyworks. To be able to help influence a generation of at risk children in a positive way is both humbling and rewarding. It’s a good way to reflect on the privileged life I experience and to realise I can impact kids who are less fortunate.”