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Worcester Warriors ‘Only Girls Allowed’ graduate with honours

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Published by rtownsend for Sanctuary Housing Association in Education and also in Communities

Worcester Warriors ‘Only Girls Allowed’ graduate with honours Worcester Warriors ‘Only Girls Allowed’ graduate with honours

A motivational ceremony held at Worcester Warriors’ Sixways stadium has marked the graduation of local students from a specialist sport and dance programme.

One of the city’s best known sons, Worcester Warriors executive chairman Cecil Duckworth CBE,  was there to congratulate 13 Year 7 girls from Christopher Whitehead Language College on their achievements in the ‘Only Girls Allowed’ project, delivered by Worcester Warriors Community Foundation in partnership with Sanctuary Group.

Designed to increase self-esteem and promote important life skills, the programme has seen the girls take part in a series of ten workshops since January, including sessions focusing on streetdance, rugby, Zumba, cheerleading and hair and beauty.

At their graduation ceremony the girls’ newly acquired skills were showcased to their family and friends through a screen presentation, before they received their certificates and special awards from rugby players Andrew Boyce and Dean Hammond. They also received free tickets to a Worcester Warriors rugby match.

Beth Page, foundation learning coordinator from Christopher Whitehead School, said: “The girls’ confidence has gone from strength-to-strength and they’ve been able to learn lots of new skills. The project has given us a great opportunity to have a positive influence on the students at a really important time in their lives.”

Sophie Atkinson, Sanctuary’s head of community investment and sustainability, commented: “The success of the project speaks for itself.  All 13 girls taking part have gone on to graduate from the programme and the life skills they have learned will stand them in good stead for the future.

“The partnership is proving to be incredibly successful and we look forward to continuing to work with Worcester Warriors.”

Worcester Warriors’ community education officer Laura Bolon added: “The students have done really well and we’re all so proud of their achievements.

“It was a real honour to have Cecil on hand to help the students celebrate their graduation. He’s a big part of the club’s history and has played a huge role in the team’s success.”

The programme forms part of the national Sanctuary in Sport project involving the delivery of a range of activities to youngsters across the country, designed to encourage health and wellbeing and help keep communities active.

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