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.