Rugby changed Sammy Green’s life. Once a troubled youth, he was left with a criminal background and no job prospects, while living in a local hostel on probation. It was by chance that he got involved with the rugby charity School of Hard Knocks, which taught him the values of rugby.
You might think rugby is just a game, but the sport teaches young people to stand out as individuals while bonding as part of a team. It gives young people a sense of belonging, which is exactly what Sammy needed.
And rugby also helps young people take positive steps forward in their lives.
After Sammy Green got his life back together, he decided to give back to the sport that helped him overcome a life of antisocial behaviour. So he began mentoring young people just like he had been at the School of Hard Knocks. And that’s where he met Jake Smyth, a 16-year-old who was on the same path Sammy had once been.
Coming from a tough area of South East London, Jake Smyth admits he’s been heading down the ‘wrong path’, but through mentoring with Sammy and involvement in rugby, he’s been able to change his life. In fact, Jake has recently been awarded a place at Blackheath Academy, where he’s got aspirations to rep England when he turns senior.
If you’ve never given rugby a second thought, you might want to. It’s more than just a game on a Saturday. It’s a sport that provides encouragement, support and lifelong bonds with your teammates.
Find your club at findrugby.com and find a sense of belonging you can’t get elsewhere.