Rugby in the Park

Rugby in the Park is our preventative anti-social behaviour project which works with young people across the North-West, aged between 4-12 years old. 

Working with local Police and communities, we identify key areas in the North-West where this project can have the biggest impact for young people who need it most. 

We introduce contact and wrestling activities in familiar environments, such as local parks, providing a safe space where people can feel comfortable to engage in alternative outlets and avoid anti-social behaviours. 

Our aims: 

  • Prevent young people from engaging in low level anti-social behaviour 
  • Help divert young people from anti-social behaviour 
  • Help young people engaged in the project to discover alternative outlets within their community 
  • Increase interpersonal skills such as confidence, resilience, motivation and self-belief 
  • Increase employability skills through a mentorship programme, work experience opportunities with The Sale Sharks Foundation, coaching qualifications, access to Level 2 diploma and functional skills qualifications through our alternative provision programme ‘Advantage’ 
  • Improve decision making processes for young people 

We believe this project will have a huge social impact for the younger members of our community and provides a safe, confident platform for these vulnerable young people to thrive from. 

Project locations: 

  • Winsford 
  • Crewe 
  • Partington 
  • Preston 
  • Leyland 
  • Stockton Heath 
  • Liverpool 

If you would like to get involved or need more information, please email: 


Phil Ball, Sale Sharks Foundation Community Inclusion Manager said:

“The impact of this project is fantastic, notably we had some of the older participants coming down earlier to help coach and support the younger age group. The project witnessed a huge increase in participants confidence and improvements in the way the young people interacted with not only Sale Sharks staff but with the Police personnel. As a foundation, we are excited about rolling this project out within other areas of the North West.”