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Essentials for Schools

Australian Rugby Union is excited to grow children’s lifelong love of sport, and we have partnered with the Australian Sports Commission to get kids active, engaged, and having fun through the Sporting Schools program.

We are thrilled to be a part of this sporting journey and to be working closely with Australia’s schools, teachers, coaches and parents to nurture the next generation’s commitment and love of sport now, and into the future.

PRIMARY SCHOOL PROGRAM

Australian Rugby Union's programs for primary schools include GAME ON and Foxtel VIVA7s packages:

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GAME ON


GAME ON provides students with their first taste of rugby and introduces participants to the skills and core values required to play all formats rugby, 7s, 15s or VIVA7s (the new modified, non-contact rugby format).

GAME ON has six packages available to suit the needs of all students - including lower, middle and upper primary - to help develop skills and confidence to play Rugby. 

Ideally the GAME ON program is run over five weeks, however the packages below can be tailored to suit the school and student’s needs (i.e. program length, participant numbers, location and session duration can be adjusted). 

Professional ARU coach delivered programs:

  • Bronze – Coach delivered sessions
  • Silver – Basic equipment pack + coach delivered sessions
  • Gold – Deluxe equipment pack + coach delivered sessions
Teacher delivered programs*:
  • Bronze – Teacher delivered sessions
  • Silver – Basic equipment pack + teacher delivered sessions
  • Gold – Deluxe equipment pack + teacher delivered sessions

*Development officer/Coach to attend at least first session. Teachers must be suitably qualified as outlined below. 

Supplementary teacher resources/online content is available to download via the GAME ON website.


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FOXTEL VIVA7S


Foxtel VIVA7s is the next experience opportunity after Game On and introduces participants to the skills and core values required to play traditional rugby XVs and 7s, in a fun, safe, non-contact environment. 

The ideal Foxtel VIVA7s program has a mix of skills and field based sessions, culminating in a school carnival celebrating all that has been learnt over the course of the Sporting Schools program.

Teachers are also given access to comprehensive skills and carnival resources to deliver yourself or request an Australian Rugby accredited deliverer.


Professional ARU coach delivered programs package:

  • Bronze – Coach delivered sessions
  • Silver – Basic equipment pack + Coach delivered sessions
  • Gold – Deluxe equipment pack + Coach delivered sessions
Teacher delivered programs*:
  • Bronze – Teacher delivered sessions
  • Silver – Basic equipment pack + Teacher delivered sessions
  • Gold – Deluxe equipment pack + Teacher delivered sessions


SECONDARY SCHOOL PROGRAM

Australian Rugby Union's program for secondary schools has two options available for schools to choose from:

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FOXTEL VIVA7S


Foxtel VIVA7s introduces participants to the skills and core values required to play traditional rugby XVs and 7s, in a fun, safe, non-contact environment. The ideal VIVA7s program has a mix of skills and field based sessions, culminating in a non – contact school carnival celebrating all that has been learnt over the course of the Sporting Schools program.

Teachers are also given access to comprehensive skills and carnival resources to deliver yourself or request an Australian Rugby accredited deliverer.

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SCHOOL RUGBY 7S


Schools Rugby 7s is aimed at students that are interested in learning the specific skills and competencies on how to play Rugby 7s. The program introduces students to a fun, fast format of rugby and expands on the student’s abilities, learning techniques in a safe environment with a qualified coach. Class sessions can include a mix of Rugby 7s skills, modified match play and game practice. 


Foxtel Viva7s

CAN TEACHERS DELIVER?

Yes, teachers can deliver GAME ON, Foxtel VIVA7s and Schools Rugby 7s in Sporting Schools by meeting the requirements below:

RUGBY UNION:

You will need to:

  • Hold a valid state and/or territory teacher registration
  • Confirm adequacy of insurance
And meet the following requirements:
  • ARU SMART Rugby course;
  • ARU Coaching Kids Rugby course; and
  • Approval from your state rugby union office.

EQUIPMENT

Equipment purchase is available outside of the program packages described above. Contact ARU for further information on purchasing equipment packs.

Basic Equipment Pack

  • 15 footballs – Gilbert size 4 
  • 20 marker cones – Gilbert – range of four colours

Deluxe Equipment Pack

  • 15 footballs – Gilbert size 4 
  • 20 marker cones – Gilbert – range of four colours 
  • 20 training bibs – Gilbert – Junior bibs – range of four colours 
  • One hand pump – 8 inch 
  • One heavy duty ball carry bag 
  • One brass whistle and lanyard

CONTACT

Game On: Una McKay
Email: Una.McKay@rugby.com.au
Phone: (02) 8005 5598

VIVA7s: Amy Quirk
Email: Amy.Quirk@rugby.com.au
Phone: (02) 8005 5599

Schools Rugby 7s: Jess Wethered
Email: Jess.Wethered@rugby.com.au
Phone: (02) 8030 3336