Coventrians Rugby Club

Completed: 2021
Location: Coventry
Region: West Midlands
Other local partners: Sport England, Toolstation, Travis Perkins

About the project

Coventrians RFC, which celebrated its centenary as a club in 2021, is a valued community club in Coventry providing opportunities for local people to engage in playing rugby union, rugby league, football and bowls. To celebrate its centenary it was able to receive some much needed renovations.

Over a three week period 28 volunteers aged 14-24, referred to the project by Hereward School (SEN), Avon Valley School, Groundwork and Coventry Voluntary Action, and a local youth justice service team, helped to repave an existing patio, build and fence a new pagoda and redecorate the changing rooms. This created a new social area from which families and the local community could spectate and gather together after games.

The first of our projects in partnership with Toolstation, who provided funding for the mentoring and qualifications of the young people, donations of materials and equipment and volunteer staff, helped see to the completion of the project.26 of the 28 volunteers achieved a City & Guilds Entry Level 3 accreditation. They were even supported by former England player James Haskell!

Speaking of their debut project with us, Greg Richardson, Head of Marketing for Toolstation, said: “We are really proud to support the Volunteer It Yourself programme and to help young people learn practical trade and building skills and earn a qualification. The construction sector is facing a shortage of workers and we hope that this initiative will inspire more young people to consider entering the trades.”

The VIY programme has really boosted my confidence in myself more than anything. I’ve come out of it with some basic qualifications in carpentry and health & safety and I think it will help me apply for jobs in the sector! James McRory, young volunteer
It’s helping me to build up my confidence working outside, working with new people… I’ve appreciated being here and thank you for having me! Keaton, young volunteer from Hereward College