Sport, Citizenship and Society

Members of staff in Glasgow School for Business and Society have been working in partnership with Turning Point Scotland Connects (TPS Connects) and Trust Rugby International (TRI) on a 10-week pilot module for service users of TPS Connects called Sport Citizenship and Society.   The students have been attending weekly rugby sessions in the ARC for the past year and the course followed on from this. 

The course was co-developed with Dr Peter Kennedy Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Susan Grant Community Engagement Coordinator and service users and members of Trust Rugby. Each week a different theme related to sport, including Gender, Psychology, Violence and Health is covered.  Participants are in different stages of recovery, ranging in age from 30 to­ 65. Most have no formal qualifications, many are volunteers who are not in full-time employment and all are re-engaging with education for the first time in a long time to help develop their academic skills.

The course proved to be a positive experience for service users, who ‘found it eye-opening’, ‘interesting and enlightening’, ‘enjoyable’, ‘fantastic’ and inspiring to ‘go on and get a wee bit of further education’.

We continue to work with Trust Rugby International by extending the course beyond the pilot and offering mentorship roles in supporting a new intake of service users in March 2016 to those who successfully completed the course in December 2015.

"Rugby sessions are growing from strength to strength each week and with our new Thursday night university classes, recovery has moved on to the next level and given myself and the guys and girls more hope for our futures."
Craig, TPS Connects Service User