The Cornish Pirates have continued to be out & about across Cornwall to support a range of community activities, below we details some of the highlights of the last couple of months.
Tuesday 6th December 2016
A number of players were at the Roller Rink Pool, Redruth on Saturday along with Community Engagement Manager Sam Teasdale, to join in the fun of a deserved break for young carers from this season’s chosen charity: Kernow Young Carers.
Players Bar Bartlett, Matt Bolwell and Alex Dancer were able to learn more about Kernow Young Carers, who currently support over 850 young carers in Cornwall.
Speaking after the evening out, Sam Teasdale said: “At the start of this season our players felt that Kernow Young Carers was a very worthwhile charity to support, and they’ve been keen to learn more about the important work that our Cornish young carers provide within the community.”
Tuesday 13th December 2016
As part of the ‘Penwith Primary Tag Rugby Programme’, the Cornish Pirates are providing quality coaching to six local Primary Schools.
Pensans School were first up last week, with Community Engagement Manager, Sam Teasdale and players Matt Bolwell and Alex Dancer on hand to put the children through their paces.
Director Colin Groves, currently over on a visit from New Zealand was also present to witness proceedings.
Teacher Kerry Willcox - delighted to welcome the Pirates to Pensans School - said: “We couldn’t have been more pleased with our first Pirates rugby experience at Pensans School. The activities were fun and engaging and every child was actively involved; every single child had a beaming smile upon their face.
Other Schools involved in the Tag Rugby Programme are Alverton, Gulval, Mousehole, Marazion, and Newlyn.
The players have been busy this season supporting their chosen charity Kernow Young Carers, a service that supports over 850 young carers in Cornwall
At the festive ‘Tribute Day’ game with London Irish, collectors were rattling their buckets out and about around the ground and raised over £412, whilst earlier in the season a further £300 was raised.at the game with Ealing Trailfinders
The day after the London Irish encounter players Chris Morgan, Jake Parker, Tom Duncan,and Jack Andrew along with Community Manager Sam Teasdale were at the Kernow Young Carers carol concert at Truro Methodist Church. The concert was a great way to get into the Christmas spirit and also to interact with the young carers.
Gulval school enjoyed their final session before the Christmas break and are looking forward to putting everything they have learnt into practice at the festival in the new year, to be held at the Mennaye.
Community Manager Sam Teasdale hopes the coaching hasn’t “gone in one year and out the other!”
Wednesday 4th January 2017
Players from Penryn U10s had a great time at the Mennaye on New Year’s Eve when their Cornish Pirates Match Day Experience coincided with our 41-20 victory against Nottingham
Youth participation is an important feature of Pirates Match Day and at last Saturday’s match the young players were the centre of attention as they formed the flag waving tunnel for the players to run through on to the pitch. For two of them, Olly and Ethan, it was particularly special as they were selected as the Match Day Mascots.
12th January 2017
Marazion Primary School are fully underway with their tag rugby programme and looking forward to the festival on the 3rd of February at the Mennaye.
The picture is from from their session which the pupils thoroughly enjoyed as they honed their skills!
The East Cornwall schools tag rugby programme will start in mid-March, to follow on from the Penwith/Penryn schools programmes which are proving hugely successful and well attended.
Saturday 21st January 2017
It was the turn for players from Newquay Hornets U13s to enjoy the Cornish Pirates Match Day Experience when we palyed Connacht Eagles. The picture above is from their half time exhibition match.
Thanks to the generosity of supporters who attended the Connacht Eagles game, the match day collection raised the £564-24 to help benefit less fortunate children in the Duchy.
Over the years Bolingey Barbarians have raised many thousands of pounds for youth charities in Cornwall. They have recently given £3,000 to the Doubletrees Special School at St. Blazey, whilst monies collected at the Pirates game will go towards the next children’s charity they choose to support.
January 24th 2107
The State Of Mind Rugby Union Programme is joining forces with the Cornish Pirates, with the shared, common aims of improving the wellbeing, quality of life and mental health of rugby players and communities.
This is a very prestigious organisation which we are delighted to be working with and will be extremely beneficial to the playing squad and also the wider Pirates community.
Sam Teasdale, Community Engagement manager was at the ‘Towards Zero Suicides event in Cornwall Tueasday
Find Out More At: http://stateofmind.org.uk