Albion’s community programme progressed over the close season with the appointment of first team player Eoghan Grace into the department. Albion run school holiday camps for 6 to 16 years with more than 150 children attending the sessions.
We have forged strong community links with our neighbours and other sports clubs such as the Plymouth Special Olympics Squad.
Our community matchday experience has been enhanced with local youth rugby clubs taking part in ‘Super Saturday’ events at home fixtures. Children from 3 years upwards take part in rugby-based activities on the pitch with current members of Albion’s first team. Older age groups have also benefited from master classes from the players. As well as rugby coaching, the children have a guided tour of the changing rooms, form a guard of honour and one lucky child is chosen to be mascot for the day. Players have commented on the great atmosphere created by the children when they run out onto the pitch.
The comments from those taking part in our Super Saturday have been very positive:
“I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone at Plymouth Albion RFC for today’s Super Saturday and the activities and training you put on for the kids from Plymstock Albion Oaks. The tour of the changing rooms was excellent and the kids really enjoyed seeing the set-up and the way the rooms are used before the game. The on-field training was great and really well supported by the additional Albion coaching staff and players. Our players really enjoyed themselves on the pitch in front of the main stand and a chance to run around. The support and encouragement you gave the junior Oaks was great to see and even we as coaches have taken some good tips from you.“Can you also please pass on our thanks to the engineers within the STEM facility and the help they gave on the day…again the kids had a lot of fun.” Iain Potter Plymstock Albion Oaks Under 9’s
All your efforts were above and beyond anything we were expecting. Every single child and parent had nothing but positive comments about the day and the smoothness of how everything ran. I am constantly being prompted to get the next one organised”. Ian Lees, area manager, Rugbytots
Adult tag rugby sessions on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer has added to our community spirit.
The club is now working in partnership with Devon and Cornwall Police’s newly formed Pathfinder team. The team work with individuals who have come into contact with the police for a number of reasons. They work to identify the cause of the behaviour then agree a strategy that will move them away from people or environment that caused them to come into contact with the police. The aim of Pathfinder is to prevent repeat offending or anti-social activity.
Plymouth Albion act as a referral location for the Pathfinder team and work with those referred to us to achieve those goals agreed with the Pathfinder team. This includea players acting as positive role models, volunteer work in and around the stadium and providing training in the necessary skills to make individuals more employable in future.
Plymouth Albion are proud to have the chance to turn young people’s lives around.