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Project:500 – a unique social inclusion initiative from Coventry Rugby

Project:500 is a groundbreaking initiative that uses rugby and sport to bring positivity and hope to disadvantaged children in the city.

Project:500 alleviates issues associated with poor physical and mental health by combining the core values of rugby union and the legendary community spirit which has united the people of Coventry for many years.

There are two parts to the project:

Part 1 Each child is gifted a place at a specially designed multi-sport camp to engage and inspire him or her. The camp will give the child the opportunity to learn about subjects such as nutrition, exercise and wellness. They will also take part in rugby training sessions with members of the Coventry first team

Part 2 Each child will be enrolled into the Cov Juniors Club and be given their own Coventry Rugby replica shirt. They will also be gifted a special Season Pass, giving the parent/guardian and child the opportunity to bond at every home game at the Butts Park Arena for the 2019/20 season

“We want Coventry Rugby to be a club at the heart of our city, and Project:500 does exactly that,” says Executive Chairman, Jon Sharp. “To the best of our knowledge no other club is running an initiative like this, so I’m proud that we are leading the way.”

Each place on Project:500 costs £350. Coventry Rugby is subsiding 40 percent of the costs, but the club is seeking individuals or companies who are willing to cover the remaining 60 percent, equivalent to £200.

The club works with Coventry’s schools and relevant local stakeholders to identify children and families who would benefit from being part of Project:500.

The Coventry Rugby Foundation is now seeking to expand the programme during the Christmas break – CLICK HERE for more details about how you can help!

To find out more contact Hal Sparke via hsparke@coventryrugby.co.uk

Thanks to those companies and individuals who are supporting Project:500 in 2020/21, especially Countrywide Tax and Trust, Charter Savings Bank, Coventry Scale and the Coventry Rugby Supporters Club.

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