Positive Futures supports young person to achieve rugby dream

22nd February 2024

A project that supports young people struggling to cope with mainstream education has helped one promising rugby player tackle the challenges he faced.

Harley Ryan, 17, from Cwmbran, had behavioural issues that led to his exclusion in year 10 and a referral to the Pupil Referral Unit (PRU). While he was there, he was referred to the Positive Futures programme and given a modified timetable that better suited his interests, including a strength and conditioning programme, designed to improve his physical fitness and rugby skills.

He is now studying for his Welsh Baccalaureate, BTEC Sport double and maths qualifications at Newport High School and has been selected to play for the Newport Dragon Under 18s squad.

Positive Futures receives funding from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner to provide activities and support to young people across Gwent. By offering children and young people the chance to take part in activities and be supported by adult mentors at an early age, Positive Futures is reinforcing good behaviours and helping to set the groundwork that will allow them to have a happy and healthy future.

Read more