Wasps Community shortlisted for two Premiership Rugby Parliamentary Community Awards
Jordan Young, Community Development Officer at Wasps, has been shortlisted for the Community Coach of the Year at the Premiership Rugby Community Awards on July 11.
The 22-year-old has led and delivered several initiatives that have successfully enriched a variety of people’s lives.
This includes launching a club called Playing Advantage which enables six to 19-year-olds with a disability to play tag rugby and meet new friends. After 18 months the club now attracts around 35 people every Sunday at King Henry VI School.
Jordan has also helped men in the city to lead healthier lifestyles through delivering the Move Like A Pro programme, which has seen 106 men aged 33 to 50 lose a combined 11 metres from their waistlines within a 12-week period through nutritional advice and progressive exercise.
He has also been key in developing mixed ability rugby as part of the Project Rugby programme, which has introduced more than 1,500 children from non-traditional rugby backgrounds into the sport, particularly from ethnic minorities, low socio-economic groups and people with disabilities.
“It is truly inspirational what the Wasps’ community team as a whole has achieved this year by helping to make a difference to different areas of society,” said Jordan.
“Before Playing Advantage was formed there wasn’t anywhere for young people with disabilities to exercise and socialise together, and seeing the club’s growth is really rewarding, as is seeing so many men lose weight and changing their lifestyles.
“It’s important we create a legacy from all of the hard work that myself and other team members have put into these programmes, which has already started to happen with a group of men who are now taking part in their own weekly rugby training sessions at Broadstreet Rugby Club.
“I’m really proud to have been nominated for this award, and is recognition for the Wasps community team as a whole who have done a great job at engaging with 60,000 people over the past year.”
One person who has particularly felt the benefit of Jordan’s work is 40-year-old lorry driver Michael Corney, who took part in the Move Like A Pro programme and has also been nominated by Premiership Rugby for their Breakthru Achiever Award,
Michael lost 30cm from his waistline and over 13kg in 12 weeks – the most on the programme - and praised Jordan and his team for helping him to change his mind set to exercise.
He added: “Before joining Move Like A Pro I would never make time for exercise, but I have now introduced simple everyday tasks into my life such as walking the dog or going for a light run, which has improved my confidence.
“It’s also had a positive impact on my wider family as we now do more things together, and I am also now regularly coach the under-7s team at my local rugby club.
“I have proved that by making healthy tweaks to your diet and doing light everyday exercise you can make significant changes to your body and mind, even if your job involves a lot of sitting down.”
The Premiership Rugby Parliamentary Community Awards will take place at the House of Commons on Wednesday 11th July good luck to both Jordan and Michael.
For more information about Wasps’ community activities visit www.wasps.co.uk/community