First, the players spent time with emergency search and rescue organisation Serve On in Salisbury. The group were put in various ‘emergency’ scenarios and had to work together and communicate effectively to successfully take on physically demanding challenges, such as rescuing people from tunnels and fragile buildings. To prepare the players for this, Leading Edge Team Coaches used Insights Discovery to explore their personality types and preferences, and understand how these preferences can affect how people co-operate with each other in different scenarios.
A ‘Big Brother’ style house was the setting for the second character-building experience. Living as a group, players took on tasks t develop their capability to support and challenge as well as give feedback. Saracens forward Ben Earl, who was also part of England’s World Rugby U20 Championship squad in the summer, said:
“We worked with actors in certain situations dealing with different colour types and how to put that into practice, which was really challenging for most of the group. It put all our learning to the test.”
The third activity – at Thomas Becket School in Northampton – saw the players putting everything together in a real environment to help others. Working in smaller groups, they stepped out of their comfort zones to lead and deliver three projects:
refurbishing the Sixth Form to create an inspirational area; designing and creating a mural for the front of the building, and producing a promotional video highlighting the school’s core values of faith, justice, compassion, truth and respect.
All three unique activities provided opportunities for the players to grow as individuals, build on lessons learnt, and experience – in a different context – how working hard for each other brings success.