Jigsaw takes part in #GoingForGold7s with Irish Rugby

May 01st 2019

Jigsaw takes part in #GoingForGold7s with Irish Rugby

Jigsaw is delighted to partner with the Ireland Men’s Sevens squad for a special a Sevens rugby and mental wellbeing course for teenage boys in four youth centres across Dublin.

The pilot programme run by the Ireland Men’s 7s squad delivers a six week 7s rugby introductory course run in tandem with complimentary mental wellbeing modules delivered by Jigsaw. Called #GoingforGold7s, the idea is that the programme reflects the journey that the players are on as they strive to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. The programme delivers a six-week Sevens rugby introductory course in tandem with mental wellbeing modules delivered by Jigsaw youth engagement workers, and members of Jigsaw's Youth Advisory Panel.

The programme is being run at the Poppintree Youth Project in Ballymun, Core Youth Service in Inchicore, the Youth Resource Centre in Finglas, and Rialto Youth Project in Rialto.

Charlene O'Neill, Youth and Community Engagement Worker in Jigsaw's Dublin City hub, was closely involved in delivering the mental health modules. She said:

"This is an engaging and exciting programme which really compliments Jigsaw's aim to strengthen communities. We have themed the sessions around the "5 a day" for mental health and it is brilliant to see this in action at each session. The programme has provided a unique space to engage young people in conversations around mental health while they also take part and learn new skills in rugby."

Josh Graves, a Youth Advisory Panel member for Dublin City, was delighted to be part of the programme. He said the teenage boys have learned a lot in a few weeks:

"As well as the obvious rugby skills, they are going to take away some useful skills around looking after their own mental health and looking out for their friends and family at home if they need help with their mental health."


John O’Donnell, member of the Ireland Men’s Sevens squad and co-ordinator of the programme, said:

"We identified mental well-being as an area that is not only closely tied to sport but is invaluable to young people at this time in their lives. We have partnered with Jigsaw and designed an integrated programme where what we do in training is reflective of the modules that are delivered on mental well-being. The kids are so enthusiastic and you can see them grow over the weeks as they gain in confidence.”

You can follow the boys' progress on Twitter with the hashtag #GoingforGold7s

Learn more about the programme on IrishRugby.ie