Rugbytots take on Calthorpe Academy SOS challenge

RUGBYTOTS and Fusion Community Initiatives delivered a life-enhancing build project for Birmingham-based Calthorpe Academy, an incredible special school for children with complex learning needs, and with a learning culture committed to developing the ‘skills for the life that the pupils want’.

Calthorpe Academy - Fusion project

Students from Calthorpe Academy with James O’Malley, Fusion Community Initiatives, take a look at the work in progress.

Teams from leading rugby play organisation Rugbytots and Wooden Spoon staff came together on 26th January and joined mentors from Fusion Initiatives, to create an amazing outdoor recreation space for the children at Calthorpe Academy in Highgate, Birmingham. The project provides the platform for a dynamic and different team-building exercise for the Rugbytots and Wooden Spoon teams, facilitated by ex-military coaches and mentors from Fusion Community Initiatives.

The plans for the outdoor space were challenging; including benches with raised planters for a kitchen garden, sensory tunnels and an outside ‘classroom’ space. It was an incredibly rewarding achievement to build all of this in just one day, creating not just a stunning recreation space, but leaving behind a legacy for the school.

For each person involved – the teams from Rugbytots and Wooden Spoon, Fusion facilitators, and the staff and children at Calthorpe Academy, this will undoubtedly leave a lasting imprint.

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