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Cornish Pirates’ players, coaches and staff gathered at the club’s Mennaye Nurseries ground last Friday to gain a fascinating insight into the excellent work undertaken by ‘Active Plus’.
A Community Interest Company established in 2011, founder Tim Cocks firstly introduced the Active Plus team and then explained the work they undertake as military veterans, using their skills, experience and expertise to deliver unique programmes that build confidence, motivation and self-belief, to thus unlock the potential of participants, many of whom are from vulnerable or potentially vulnerable groups.
The Cornish Pirates are, of course, renowned for their teamwork, but by also taking the opportunity to participate in a team building exercise it was one that undoubtedly proved both worthy and fun!
Split into four teams, minds and actions were tested, there a blend of seriousness and banter, with Pirates personnel performing well.
The ethos surrounding Active Plus is about people helping themselves through helping others, which was reflected in the tests undertaken on the day.
This was an event organised for the Cornish Pirates through Finance Director Rebecca Thomas, whose father ‘Danny’ Daniell is Operations Manager at Active Plus. Rebecca commented:
It was a brilliant opportunity to link up with Active Plus for this team building session.
Integrating the players, coaches and staff in activities outside of the day to day norm really got everyone involved and developed the aspects of teamwork whilst also being a bit of fun.
Active Plus do fantastic work in the community and it was very interesting for us all to hear about their outreach programme.
Coach Gavin Cattle also considered such participation useful, saying:
It was a great opportunity for us to get our players to use their brains differently away from rugby, especially communication under pressure when we saw different characters step up in different scenarios.
There was inevitably a certain amount of crossover, such as problems on the pitch, under pressure decisions to be made, plus people taking charge. It is actually sometimes just the quiet guy who comes up with the crucial bit of information required, so again it was giving guys the opportunity to step up on a fascinatingly different platform.
For more information about Active Plus please visit http://activeplus.org.uk or contact the team direct at [email protected] or 01326 567174
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Sam Coogan has expressed sincere appreciation to the club for aiding his personal development
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