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
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”