‘Play the Game’ was created by the Dragons Rugby Trust in 1996, when we were commissioned to produce an educational package to support the teaching of rugby within the national curriculum for 7-14 year olds.
This culminated in the production of ‘Play the Game,’ a unique bilingual package, that was developed by a team of teachers, curriculum specialists and WRU coaching experts. It was designed to meet the needs of non-specialist teachers in primary schools and those of rugby coaches in secondary schools and junior sections of rugby clubs.
Its teacher friendly format of bilingual, weatherproof, step-by-step illustrated lesson cards, supporting video and skill based activity cards for pupils, was widely acclaimed throughout Wales and further afield.
‘Play the Game’ has subsequently been adopted by the International Rugby Board to support the development of the game worldwide. The Board commissioned the Dragons Rugby Trust to adapt, translate and produce this resource in ten languages. Multiple copies have since been distributed to all 93 IRB member countries.
This A5, pocket version is now available and is aimed at players of all ages who wish to develop and measure their individual and team skills. It is a user-friendly aid for teachers, coaches and parents to support them in doing so.
The Dragons Rugby Trust and the International Rugby Board wish to thank the Medlock Charitable Trust for it’s generous support, which has made this initiative possible.