Having initially introduced P2S RUGBYWORKS to Melville Senior High School in late 2019, The Rotary Club of Melville funded our first year of coaching sessions with the school’s RISE Program students in 2020.
The sessions have been such a success; being well received by both the school and the students, The Rotary Club of Melville have made a generous donation to enable P2S RUGBYWORKS to continue our work at Melville SHS and look to engage with another school within the Melville Rotary catchment.
P2S RUGBYWORKS Founder and CEO said ‘This is a tremendous endorsement of the work we are doing with the youngsters at Melville SHS and we are grateful to James Morris and The Rotary Club of Melville for their ongoing encouragement and support’
This funding will help P2S RUGBYWORKS to reimburse the fuel costs of our coaches; Adi, Joy, Gary and Trent and allow us to add additional coaches and equipment to the effort in Melville.
The Rotary Club of Melville is a group of dedicated business and professional people who meet on a weekly basis for business networking, professional and personnel development, fun & fellowship, whilst utilising their skills for the betterment of the local & wider communities.
In line with its local community support activities, the Rotary Club of Melville recognises that P2S Rugby Works provides a valuable community service that benefits young people within the Melville area and, consequently, it is deserving of our support. Rotary’s recent donation will help P2S Rugby Works to continue its good work within our community; in particular, with young people who are either outside the mainstream education system or at risk of exiting it.
2021 has started with a bang!
We are delisghted to announce that Alison Foskett has joined P2S Rugbyworks as Chief Operating Officer.
Alison has a strong background in Public Administration and is an ex-board member of RugbyWA. We are excited to add Alison’s experience and passion for rugby to our team as we map out our participants’ Pathway 2 Success!
Fraser said: “Alison has always been a great supporter of our work. When the opportunity to add someone with her experience and background came along, we were quick to bring her onboard. Alison will be a key component of our program for 2021 and beyond as we look to build on our initial success and launch RESET 2021 to further develop a Pathway to Success for the youngsters we work with.”
February 7 marked our inaugural Coaches’ Workshop, the first in a series of activities to upskill our volunteer coaches and say thank you for their incredible efforts with the at-risk youth. We also opened the evening to Wanneroo Districts Rugby Union Football club coaches, whom contributed to a great turnout.
Our inaugural Coaches’ Workshop featured a workshop from current Wallaroo’s Head Coach Dwayne Nestor. Dwayne has worked in the sporting industry and, in particular, in coaching for over 20 years and drew upon his wealth of knowledge to empower our coaches to better engage with youth.
P2S RUGBYWORKS would like to extend a thank you to Wanneroo Districts Rugby Union Football club for providing the venue and to Gourmet Grazing for sponsoring catering.
Introducing our new Employability Manager – PETER GRANT
P2S RUGBYWORKS has achieved one of our aspirations to help our youngsters to identify and achieve theirs!
Christmas came early for P2S RUGBYWORKS Inc. – it arrived on 1st October 2019 in the shape of ex-Springbok and Western Force fly-half Peter Grant.
After a determined pursuit by CEO & Founder; Fraser Griggs, Peter has joined the volunteers at P2S RUGBYWORKS in the role of Employability Manager.
Fraser said: “The role of Employability Manager is to manage and deliver the vital employability element of our program. Peter will work with our Community Engagement Lead, Teleisia Tatafu; to identify, build and manage key relationships with businesses to develop a robust and sustainable offering to the youngsters enrolled in RUGBYWORKS to introduce them to the world of work. I’m delighted to have such a high profile role model like Peter onboard, his interest in our work and his desire to help out the ‘at-risk’ youth of WA really shone through in our discussions and I’m so pleased he’s agreed to join us”
Peter said: “I’m very excited to be a part of P2SRW. Our love for rugby has drawn us together and I love how they are using the game to make an impact in young people’s lives. I’m passionate about helping people and making a difference and I think I’m in the right place to do just that. I look forward to building new friendships and lasting relationships with our partners and together we can help shape the futures of these youngsters”
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