The Fylde Rugby Community Foundation held their Rugby Reading Champions Festival last week on Thursday 13th June, at Fylde Rugby Club, and what a incredible day it was. 

The Rugby Reading Champions Programme is designed to associate reading with sport and in particular Rugby Union through 60 minute reading sessions and 60 minute coaching and fun games. 

The Fylde Rugby Community Foundation provide local primary schools with an opportunity to participate in our Rugby Reading Champions Programme, working with youngsters who would benefit from one to one and small group work. The provision of books and reading literature (which is included as part of this programme) for the children to continue to use after the programme is an extremely important aspect and is aimed at sustaining their long term development. 

The festival consisted of meeting the brilliant Author, David Brayley, and listening to his motivational success story, followed by confidence building group activities with Loud Speaker. Then finishing with tag rugby games outside on the pitches! 

Over 130 children attended the festival – made up of 6 schools! (One school even brought 30 children along!)  


Big thank you to all the schools that attended: 

  • St Johns, Blackpool 
  • Westminster 
  • Gateway 
  • Stanley 
  • St Mary’s, Fleetwood 
  • St John Vianney 


The Fylde Rugby Community Foundation received great feedback from the schools over the course of the day – the main comment being how much fun and enjoyment the children were having.  

There were lots of smiles and everyone was shocked when 2 Suprise guests showed up.. Sir Bill Beaumont and Sale Sharks Player, Josh Beaumont.  

The foundation sends thanks again to everyone who attended. We can’t wait for the next one!