New course aims to help unemployed people work hard, play hard

A new course aimed at helping unemployed people into work through contact sport starts in Edinburgh on Monday 16 February.

The 8 week Edinburgh rugby course is open to unemployed men and women, over 18 years of age, and aims to improve participants’ job prospects as well as improve their fitness.

The course is being run by School of Hard Knocks, a social inclusion charity featured annually on Sky Sports, which delivers contact sports-based interventions to ‘hard-to-reach’ members of society to tackle issues associated with unemployment, crime and poor mental/physical health. The community partners are ng homes, Link Group Ltd, Port of Leith Housing Association in Edinburgh and in Glasgow.

As part of the course, participants get fitness and rugby training from professional rugby coaches and players, as well as dedicated 1:1 personal and employability support.

The course teaches life skills such as self-discipline, motivation, teamwork, leadership and employment specific skills such as interview technique and CV writing. At the end of the course participants will have the opportunity to meet prospective local employers.

The course has already been run in Glasgow (as well as in a number of locations in England) and it has been found to improve participants’ job prospects, as well as their outlook and wellbeing; enhancing confidence, motivation, self-efficacy and, of course, fitness.

The course will be held each Monday and Tuesday from 9.45am to 3.00pm from Monday 16 February 2015. There will be around two hours of rugby training and two hours life skills and employability work.

For more information on the course, or to sign up, please call Kate from School of Hard Knocks (Scotland) on 07542 506 130 or