As part of the initiative’s focus on encouraging young people to speak up about bullying, the junior fans – from Wellend Park Academy in Market Harborough – were handpicked from
amongst four schools in the Leicestershire region for being the most active and engaged in the campaign. As a reward, a number of pupils were invited to the Tigers’ Scout’s Day,
ahead of the Worcester Warriors match, as special guests.
The children spent the morning enjoying a very special rugby session delivered by the Leicester Tigers Community Team, before joining the annual Scouts Day fixture which saw
local scouts come together to enjoy a series of fun pre-match activities.
It was then time to watch the match for the Wellend Park Academy group and they even got the chance to go onto the pitch at half time as an extra special treat. Here, a special presentation was held by Pablo Libreros, Growth and Innovation Director at Aggregate Industries, to congratulate the school on all their hard work during Anti-bullying Week and the Give Bullying the Boot campaign.
Jason Button, Head of PE at Welland Park Academy, said: “It was fantastic to be invited along to Welford Road to experience the matchday. The group had a great time in the
morning session and really got stuck into it – even if it was a bit chilly. Campaigns like Give Bullying the Boot play a huge role in shaping youngsters thinking so we hope to continue to
educate pupils on bullying and the effects it can have.”
François Petry, CEO of at Aggregate Industries, comments: “Bullying is an incredibly difficult subject to talk about, so it was fantastic to see pupils from Wellend Park Academy speak up
about their experiences to help others.
“Their reward was well deserved and we’re pleased to hear how much they enjoyed the day. The event also provided a great opportunity for us to reach out to more than 1,500 scouts
throughout the area and raise awareness of our ‘Give Bullying the Boot’ campaign.”
The ‘Give Bullying the Boot’ programme is a joint venture between Leicester Tigers and Aggregate Industries, designed to education local school children about bullying and the
steps to taking action. The campaign forms part of the two organisations’ Concrete Rugby initiative, which champions a healthy lifestyle, team work and self-confidence in young people, through the introduction of key rugby skills. The programme will reach out to more than 1,000 Leicestershire students aged 11-14 over the 2017/18 school year.
To get involved, use the hashtag #givebullyingtheboot and share your stories. For more about Concrete Rugby, and Give Bullying the Boot, visit: https://www.leicestertigers.com/community/aggregate-industries-concrete-rugby.