A plan to develop a rugby-based employability programme in Penzance, with the Cornish Pirates is being created with the aim of building both physical and mental confidence for those who are out of work.

The development follows the awarding of funding for the Sports Cornwall Foundation to run a 'School of Hard Knocks' (SOHK) project in the area, with the Pirates assisting with delivery and facilities to implement the plan

Speaking ahead of a first 8-week cohort which will begin week commencing 13th October, Nikki Kelly, Chair of Sport Cornwall Foundation saidThe School of Hard Knocks is a recognised national programme combining lessons on the pitch and employability skills to people into further training or employment. Thanks to funding from Community Led Local Development (CLLD) we are delighted to work with Cornish Pirates to provide opportunities for the local community.”

SOHK is widely recognised as a television programme that was presented by former British Lions rugby players Will Greenwood and Scott Quinnell.

Stories that evolved from the progreamme and the benefits to those participating were obvious, so much so that the SOHK is now very much recognised as an important national charity, delivering life-changing programmes across the UK for both children and adults.

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Also, for more information about the School of Hard Knocks, link to: https://www.schoolofhardknocks.org.uk/