European rugby champions Saracens are at the forefront of a unique scheme to help young people with learning disabilities.
The Sarries Foundation has teamed up with sponsors Alan Day Volkswagen holding touch rugby sessions every week for youngsters between the ages of 11-20-years-old.
They train for two hours every week at the Aviva Premiership rugby ground Allianz Park in Hendon, North London.
The popular touch rugby sessions, which are run by Thomas Gamage, won the Premiership Rugby BreakThru Award in a glittering ceremony at the House of Commons.
The aim is to improve the participants health, mental wellbeing and to create opportunities in the community.
First team players like England stars Billy Vunipola, Brad Barrit, and Jamie George regularly give up their time for free to help coach the youngters.
They are joined by Alan Day VW managing director Paul Tanner and members of his staff who sponsor the rugby sessions and provide refreshments for parents watching from the stands.
All the kids have a go at the cross bar challenge and the tackle bags and interact with each other in practice games.
Fun away matches are also organised against Aviva Premiership opponents who also support teams with disabilities.
Mr Gamage, the Saracens Sport Development Officer said: “ Sarries RFC is a tag rugby programme for young people with disabilities, we focus on the ability of our members and not the disability.
“We are really pleased to work with Alan Day Volkswagen as this partnership will not only help and support us to develop Sarries RFC but their staff members actively engage by volunteering on a Monday night.
“We are looking to inspire other organisations to create opportunities for young people with disabilities as we can see the positive impact that regular physical activity has on our members.”
Alan Day VW, who have showrooms in Hampstead, The City and New Southgate, supply Saracens with a fleet of cars and vans. MD Paul Tanner said: “Alan Day Volswagen are really proud to be the main sponsors of the Sarries RFC.
“The guys that work with me say it’s two of the best hours they spend each week and for me personally it’s really rewarding being part of this fantastic initiative. “