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March 18, 2015

Game Changers has big impact for 25 young people

A total of 25 students attended this year’s programme as part of Born to Be, Deutsche Bank’s youth engagement programme. The students were nominated by their schools to take part in the eight week course which aims to develop their confidence, motivation and social skills, as well as re-engaging students with their studies.

One school teacher fed back that “several staff have already noticed a positive change in their behaviour”, many of whom were on the brink of exclusion when they started the course. Dan Gillespie and Ross McClelland, Game Changers Programme Managers, are also proud of the cohort’s development, “specifically their ability and desire to enter a room with more confidence, look adults in the eye and shake their hand. They are carrying themselves with a more mature feel.”

Last year, 91% of participants felt a sense of pride after completing the course, displaying increased self esteem, on and off the pitch.  Many of the boys have found a new passion for the game, which has also been noticed by the coaches. Ross Doneghan, a London Scottish FC player, who is helping coach this year’s Game Changers programme, said “I’ve really enjoyed it. There are at least two boys there that I think could be picked up by the London Scottish FC Academy.”

Two chances to see live rugby at London Scottish FC on March 20.

As a culmination of the programme, a final match will place on Friday, March 20 at Richmond Athletic Ground, kicking off at 17:30. You will be able to cheer on the boys as they take on an under-14 London Scottish select team. The match is free to attend; a great outing for family and friends, and a chance to excite your children around rugby. There is no need to purchase a ticket or register your attendance, however if you have any questions then please email borntobe@db.com.

For those with an appetite for more rugby, the main London Scottish team will be playing against Doncaster Knights on Friday, march 20 at 19:45. To buy tickets for this match please click here, making sure to take advantage of Deutsche Bank’s employee discount; for half price tickets, just enter DEUTSCHE50 when buying your tickets online.

Click here to read more about Game Changers.

Click here to watch a short interview with one of our Deutsche Bank employee volunteers.

Click here to read how sporteducate, another Born to Be programme is using sport for development.

 




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