New Chief Technology Officer – James Morris
We are delighted to have James Morris joining the P2S RUGBYWORKS Inc. Executive Committee in the role of Chief Technology Officer. James will look after our website and the systems administration required to support our team. Additionally, James will drive the introduction of a new digital platform to assist our coaches with the Social Impact assessment of our program through participant evaluation; an initiative that we are under-taking with the team at Coders for Causes at UWA.
James is a Fremantle Based IT and cloud business owner who is also a member of the Rotary Club of Melville. He has been working with Rotary and P2SRUGBYWORKS to help broaden the reach of the program. He was keen and able to get Melville Senior High on board and this is now in its second year. James will bring with him his technical skills to assist P2SRUGBYWORKS with their online and social campaigns.
James owns an Art Gallery on the High Street in Fremantle which also can be hired for events. P2SRUGBYWORKS will be taking up the offer from James for fund raising events in the future.
James is also a member of the Western Force and the passionate #SeaOfBlue
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Wayne Collins who has volunteered his time to date to help Fraser and the team with the website and email administration since our inception. Without Wayne’s help we would have struggled to make it this far – Thanks Wayne!
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Local Students on the Pathway to Success
Two students from Alta-1 College in Belmont are eyeing careers in the transport and logistics industry having been awarded training scholarships following their participation in a coaching program run by a Wanneroo-based charitable organisation called Pathway to Success Rugbyworks (P2S RUGBYWORKS).
Trae Lehner (17) and Sebastian Ross (18) have already completed two training courses run by one of Perth’s leading training organisations for the transport and logistics industry – Nationwide Training, a long-time sponsor of P2S RUGBYWORKS – and have also embarked on a forklift training course that will pave the way for them to apply for their forklift licences.
Trae was also successful in obtaining a work placement with Muldoon Tiles in Osborne Park, where he was able to put his new skills into practice.
Founder and CEO of P2S RUGBYWORKS – Fraser Griggs – said that what Trae and Sebastian had achieved was a real credit to them both and a very pleasing endorsement of the P2S RUGBYWORKS coaching program. “I am extremely proud of Trae and Sebastian and of the role the P2S RUGBYWORKS coaches have played in helping them achieve the first step on their path to sustained employment. We are also very grateful to Nationwide Training for providing the training scholarships for Trae and Sebastian.”, Mr Griggs said.
Those comments were echoed by P2S RUGBYWORKS’ Head of Coaching, Bob Dayman, who said, “Trae and Sebastian’s achievements are especially pleasing to me as they show that our coaching program is working. The key aim of our program is to help our young people develop and hone vital life skills that will assist them in finding sustainable employment and set them on the path to successful and fulfilling lives. The success Trae and Sebastian have had, gives me real confidence that we are delivering on that key aim.”
Gavin Trim, CEO at Nationwide Training said “When I first heard about P2SRW at a Transport industry forum I knew straight away Nationwide Training would be an ideal supporter. Nationwide Training committed to a 3-year Gold Sponsorship which included training scholarship programs for 2 students. By supporting P2SRW we are providing support and opportunities for students and also promoting the transport and logistics industry. Trae and Sebastian applied for the scholarship and were both successful. They both had the options of selecting any courses that we deliver including Forklift or Order Picker High Risk Work Licences, Dangerous Goods storage and Handling, Load Restraint, Safe Manual Handling and Chain of Responsibility which are in most workplaces entry level training requirements to work in the Transport Industry. Both of these young men really enjoyed their training courses. Trae is not 18 years of age yet but he will return to complete his Forklift Training in 2022.
In 2021 and beyond, P2S RUGBYWORKS is looking to help more young people like Trae and Sebastian by taking its coaching program into even more schools and colleges across the Perth metropolitan area.
If you would like more information about the coaching program, or would like to join our coaching team, P2S RUGBYWORKS would love to hear from you! You can contact us here
Pictured: Colin PHILIPS (P2SRW Coach), Sebastian ROSS, Janet Hooper (Teacher-in-Charge), Trae LEHNER, Jesse LIDDLE (P2SRW Coach)
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New GOLD Sponsor for P2S RUGBYWORKS
P2S RUGBYWORKS is delighted to announce a new Gold Sponsor to join with us to help us build a Pathway to Success for dis-engaged youngsters in Western Australia.
Financial Framework, based in Mount Hawthorn have strengthened their past support for our work by joining our existing Gold sponsors; Nationwide Training, Cooper Energy and Altair Mining Consultancy.
Tim Luxton, Managing Director said “Financial Framework are excited to partner with P2S RUGBYWORKS and help them with the great work they do with at risk youth”.
Fraser Griggs, P2S RUGBYWORKS Founder said “It’s fantastic to have our work validated by the support of local Western Australian businesses like Financial Framework and we are so grateful to Tim and his team for approaching us with their offer of support”.
Tim explained “We look forward to partnering with P2SRW and being involved with young Australians who are marginalised or outside of mainstream education We want to be involved in events and provide financial literacy as well as helping to provide information on career pathways”.
Financial Framework is a financial advice firm who have a passion for helping people navigate their financial world. Our mission is to create more fulfilling and secure lives for our clients and we achieve our mission by leveraging our team’s expert knowledge and resources to focus on achieving client goals and reducing complications.
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More Rotary Club backing for P2S RUGBYWORKS
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.
New Chief Operating Officer – Alison Foskett
2021 has started with a bang!
We are delighted 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 Rugby WA. 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.”
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Inaugural Coaches’ Workshops
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.
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Employability Manager – PETER GRANT
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”
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Rugby works for disadvantaged kids
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.
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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’.
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Bronze Sponsor – Coffee Club Kalamunda
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/