I first got involved with the trust in 2018, when I started going to rugby academy on Fridays after school and then began volunteering at autism-friendly rugby sessions and have just recently become a CPA. I absolutely love getting to work with the kids that come along, seeing the joy on their faces when they see their friends and the relationships they have built with each coach is so special. Being able to watch the kids grow and develop throughout the time I have worked with them has been so amazing and I have loved every session. My coaching experiences throughout the trust has helped me grow as a person and helped me learn so many valuable lessons. The trust has helped me to improve my skills for helping others to find ways of dealing with situations they find scary or uncomfortable.

Community Project Assistant

I am Niamh Pert I am coach with Strathmore Community Rugby Trust.  I started working for the Trust when the Autism-Friendly Rugby sessions first started, initially as a volunteer but latterly as a coach.  My first experience of the Trust when a friend took me along to the Rugby Academy when it first began in 2018.  The Rugby Academy has been great for me and from there I decided I wanted to be part of what the Trust do.

I enjoy the sense of achievement working for the Trust gives me.  It is helping to improving my skills as a player and a coach, helping me work on my communication skills and giving me experience of working with children with different needs.  Through my work with other organisations I have experience of working with hard to reach children and young adults and I bring this experience to the Trust.  I currently hold the following qualifications; UKCC level 1 rugby coach, first aid and level 1 referee.

Community Project Assistant

My name is Arron Jackson I am one of the Community Project Assistant for SCRT.   I first became involved with the Trust when I attended the Rugby Academy on a Friday afternoon.  A few of my friends started volunteering with the Autism Friendly Rugby sessions so I put my name forward too.  It was from here that I was asked to join the coaching team in November 2019.

I really enjoy coaching the children.  It’s a great feeling knowing I’ve helped the them become more confident and happier.   Working with the Trust is continuing to develop me in all aspects of my life but especially my understanding of how to work with children and adults with learning disabilities and the different challenges they face.    I have a combined 8 years of rugby experience from Micros all the way to Senior Rugby.  I have my UKCC Level 1 Rugby Coaching qualification along with my First Aid and Rugby Refereeing.

Community Project Assistant

I originally started volunteering for Autism-Friendly Rugby when it first started but in August 2019 I was asked to become a Community Project Assistant.  I first became involved with the Trust through the Rugby Academy and then started volunteering at the Autism-Friendly Rugby sessions and then became a CPA.  I enjoy working with the kid’s and seeing the smiles on their faces and the friendships and relationships built through the sessions.  I have also enjoyed watching the children’s confidence grow and their development over the period I have worked with them.  My coaching role has boosted my own confidence too and has also helped me gain valuable work experience. It has enhanced my skill level of working with others and finding ways of dealing with each child’s needs so that they have the most fun possible at each session. The Trust has also made me realise that I want to continue working with children when I am older.

I bring the following experience and Qualifications

Community Project Assistant

I joined the Trust in August 2019.  I had just completed my Level 1 in rugby coaching when Josh Gabriel-Clarke mentioned the Trust were looking for volunteers.  I most enjoy the fact that the Trust is making such a difference in people’s lives.  Not only that, I feel I am being developed by the work I am doing with SCRT by becoming more of a leader and a better communicator. I have had a successful playing career (so far), and a few coaching experiences.  In addition to my UKCC Level 1, I also hold First Aid in the work place and Level 1 in refereeing.

Community Project Assistant

I am coach with SCRT and began in February 2019.  I became involved through my work as a personal trainer when I got the chance to train clients with different needs and learning disabilities.  I find it very rewarding watching them improve and grow in confidence, not just in their chosen activity but also in day-to-day life as well. When I was offered the chance combine that feeling with rugby I could not wait to get started.

I really enjoy seeing progress in the people who come to our sessions.

The sessions I am involved with give me more confidence in working with younger children with autism and developing me as a well-rounded coach.

I have been a local rugby player for the last 10 years, and have my UKCC Level 2 rugby coaching qualification.  I am a qualified Personal Trainer with other qualifications in functional fitness, Olympic lifting, powerlifting, programming and nutrition.