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Pass It Back ensures children and young people are equipped to overcome challenges, inspire positive social change and ‘pass it back’ to their communities.
Pass It Back targets a core group of social and emotional competencies (and associated skills) that support learning through rugby for players:
- Self-awareness – identifying positive and negative emotions, recognising strengths and weaknesses, accurate self-perception and self-efficacy;
- Self-management – stress management, self-discipline and self-motivation, seeking support and goal setting;
- Relationship skills – communication, peer support, resolving conflict, and teamwork and relationship management;
- Social Awareness – empathy, appreciating diversity, considering other perspectives and respecting others’ rights;
- Responsible decision-making – identifying problems, analysing situations, solving problems and evaluating/reflecting on consequences.
Pass It Back also targets learning around a core group of leadership competencies (and associated skills) for Coaches:
- Reflexivity – acknowledging strengths and weaknesses, analysing consequences and applying learning;
- Inclusivity – showing empathy and respect, appreciating diversity and considering other perspectives;
- Collaboration – effective communication, conflict resolution and consensus building;
- Empowerment – mentoring and peer support, upholding others’ rights and sharing Power;
- Drive Change – developing plans and setting goals, identifying and solving issues and prosocial behaviours.
Pass It Back delivers impact at 3 levels:
- Coaches participate in the development of their communities and take action to positively influence change;
- Players have the social and emotional skills needed to practice positive attitudes and behaviours regarding gender equality, inclusion, and rights;
- Communities actively support and have a positive and inclusive view of sport as a tool for youth and child development.
Pass It Back is delivered in partnership with a range of rugby organisations, including national federations. More than 50% of players and Coaches are girls and women. These partnerships also contribute to achieving gender equality, reducing inequality, and ending violence against children, reflecting targets within the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The curriculum covers four seasons for players 11 years of age and older, covering the following areas:
- Understanding Gender
- Planning for the Future
- Being Healthy
- Feeling Safe