Ealing Trailfinders Foundation
The Ealing Trailfinders Foundation:
A new and exciting project has been launched by the Ealing Trailfinders Community department. Now a registered Charity, No. 1191177, the Ealing Trailfinders Foundation has been awarded funding for rugby and sport projects in our community of West London. We now have the chance to work with some of the most deserving parts of the surrounding areas to bring the benefits of all sports.
Sport England are funding the Ealing Trailfinders Foundation working alongside the council's Anti Gangs and exploitation team to run a year long project in Hammersmith and Fulham, working with boys from the local area aged U15 (Yr10) and U16 (yr11).
We are planning to establish a free after school rugby club where boys who may only have limited rugby exposure through school PE lessons can experience the benefits of being part of a rugby club. Working within the RFU supported guidelines of TREDS we hope to be able to support the boys in social and life skill development as well as possibly providing them with a pathway through the Trailfinders Rugby Academy Elite Player Pathway to Henley College and potentially even Brunel University London.
City Academy Colts:
In addition to the City Academy for the U15 and U16 boys, the Ealing Trailfinders Foundation has been given funding support by “Right to Thrive” to run a Colts age group session. Looking still at developing the core values of Rugby Union to help to support young men from specifically from the White City area.
In order to help promote rugby as a tool for development, Ealing Trailfinders Foundation have been granted some funding from the National Lottery to offer Rugby and Carer support to local schools who specifically work with Children with Special Educational Needs and disabilities.
Our first Partner school in this journey will be StonyDean School in Amersham where Nick (The Foundation Project Manager) used to coach three of the teachers and also where former first team players Max Davies and Reon Joseph went to open the new running track.
The Children from StonyDean will be transported to Trailfinders Sports Club where they will learn rugby to hopefully assist with their communication skills, their ability to handle making mistakes and their team work, as well as picking up some rugby skills from the coaches.
Once a term we hope that they will be able to join us on a match day for a workshop in front of their parents, and a chance to form the Guard of Honour as the Ealing Trailfinders 1st XV run out.
We are excited that the Spring term will see the Young People’s Academy in Uxbridge following the same pathway.
The Heritage Lottery have asked the Ealing Trailfinders Foundation to produce a programme for local school children to help them to learn about the history of their local club and their local area. Over lockdown in 2020 the Foundation put together a nine episode online resource which discussed small parts of the history of rugby, the history of Ealing and put it into context with world history. With Lockdown lifted, two of the Foundation Coaches are visiting local schools and delivering the learning package along with a curriculum of coaching games which are relevant to the lesson from that week.
In addition to the in school sessions we are able to hold a match day experience for the children involved and offer them the chance to speak to some previous and current players.
Feeding the Community:
Over the Lockdown period, Ealing Trailfinders Foundation started supporting the Ealing Food Bank by hosting regular collections of food and delivering to their distribution centre. Now that people are back at work they have set up a drop off container at Trailfinders Sports Club where people can deposit food at their own convenience. To date the Ealing Trailfinders Foundation have facilitated the donation of nearly three and a half tonnes, and are hoping for many more as the need continues to be very high.