Bears Power through the Community
It is with great pride that Bears in the Community CIC are celebrating delivering grass roots touch Rugby League to over 2500 primary and secondary school students in Coventry in the last two years!
The Community Interest company, formed solely for the benefit of the community, is a little over two years old and has been making a big impact in Coventry, which is helping to grow the game in a non-traditional RL area.
The benefits to the community include coaching thousands of contact hours of curriculum time RL within schools, taking part in Coventry events such as Godiva Festival, Sport in the Park and family fun days for lots of community groups and charities as well as setting up two new Rugby League satellite clubs within the city.
“We really appreciate the coaches hard work and commitment with all of our children. Lots of them were sad that it was the last week! Having Big Blue was brilliant for the children and really nice way to finish the programme. We look forward to next time!” Michael Hancock from Ernesford Grange Primary.
The 2500 students from Coventry have been engaged via two projects called SKY TRY and Bears 5’s. The coaches, most of whom are also first team Coventry Bears players have delivered coaching in the following 22 schools:
- Caludon Castle Business & Enterprise School
- Coundon Court
- Ernesford Grange Community Academy
- Finham Park Academy
- Foxford School and Community Arts College
- Lyng Hall School
- President Kennedy School
- Sidney Stringer Academy
- Stoke Park School and Community Technology College
- The Westwood Academy
- West of Coventry Academy
- Whitley Academy
- Aldermoor Farm
- Coundon Primary School
- Ernesford Grange Primary
- Henley Green Primary
- Holbrook’s Primary
- Manor Park
- St Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School
- Whitley Abbey Primary School
- Whitmore Park Primary School
This summer term Bears in the Community will also be delivering in:
- Riverbank Academy
- Coventry Blue Coat Church of England School & Music College
- Finham Park 2
- Bishop Ullathorne Catholic School
- Northern House School
- Q3 Academy
Fondly known as Jamma and Gurch, together with the team, lead coaches Jamahl Hunte and James Geurtjens, have been spreading the word about Rugby League through these two projects, Bears 5’s (delivering over 11,000 contact hours in just 12 months) and SKY TRY (delivering over 16,000 contact hours). The ethos is that Rugby League is not just a great game to be played in the summer months, but also a great way to increase or maintain physical fitness whilst having fun with friends. Students from nursery age up to year 11 have been involved and are all invited to take part in the two newly formed satellite clubs in the city.
- On Monday evenings, Junior training at two age groups U13’s and U15’s takes place alongside adult Bears 5’s mixed activity at the Alan Higgs Centre from 8pm.
- On Friday evenings, Junior training at two age groups U13’s and U15’s takes place alongside ‘Cub Club’ for 3 – 10 year olds and adult Bears 5’s mixed activity at the Xcel Leisure Centre from 6pm.
“The kids really enjoyed it, the sessions were great. The coaches were brilliant with the children and the teachers really appreciated their sessions.” James Tickle, Finham Primary.
If you or someone you know would like to get involved with Bears in the Community CIC, please get in touch. Whether it is coming along to a satellite club for a training session or you are part of a school and would like to explore delivery next academic year, please contact the community coordinator, Debbie Watson on 07718 365465 or via firstname.lastname@example.org