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Over 14,000 children access anti-bullying campaign

Over 14,000 young learners will take part in an innovative campaign that tackles bullying and discrimination in schools.

‘We’re On The Same Team’ is our KS1 and KS2 education resource created in partnership with the Rugby League World Cup 2021, Super League and the RFL.

Group shot on Rugby League field holding up 'We're on the same team' postersSadly, in many communities, disability hate crime and discrimination rates are increasing. In many cases this anti-social behaviour and bullying comes from children and young people. ‘We’re On The Same Team’ educates young learners, tackling prejudices before they are formed, encouraging pupils to work together, and see the potential in others. Launched this summer, it is now set to expand across the new school term ahead of the start of the RLWC2021 on October 15.

The campaign features England international and RLWC2021 Women’s Ambassador, Jodie Cunningham, and at the Super League’s Magic Weekend event, it was supported by rugby league stars George Williams, James Roby, Peter Mata’utia and ex-player, Leon Pryce.

Craig Thomason, Partnerships and Communities Manager explained: “We’re On the Same Team, is Community Integrated Care’s campaign to help schools tackle bullying and discrimination with children from an early age. It gives teachers brilliant lesson plans and resources to support their children in seeing the best in themselves and the potential in others.

“The schools have seen first-hand the impact the campaign is having, both teachers and pupils alike. It’s been set up in a response to disability hate crime in society. Bullying has a long-lasting impact, but by getting children to see the potential in others and themselves, we can tackle it together.

“It’s been great to see Oliver go into schools and the children’s response when they see a rugby league superstar. I’m really proud that Community Integrated Care has taken the lead and been innovative in this – it’s a great example of embracing inclusion and tackling discrimination.”


‘We’re On The Same Team’ provides children with important lessons about kindness, inclusion and respect from stars of rugby league, with engaging and accessible activities. Pupils will also meet a number of inspirational people who have disabilities, who share stories of their incredible life achievements and how it feels to be judged.

This free education programme has been co-produced with people who access care and support, and developed alongside experienced teachers and headteachers. It is simple to adopt, accessible and full of fun.

Schools that register will receive a free comprehensive KS1-2 education pack, including:

  • School assembly and guidance for teachers
  • Class challenges
  • A suite of educational resources


Every school that enters will:

  • Receive certificates for their participating young people
  • Be in with the chance of winning incredible prizes, including:
  • A class visit to a Rugby League game
  • A visit from a Rugby League star
  • PE equipment packs


These resources are directly linked to the English National Curriculum KS1 and KS2, and are suitable for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. They support the school curriculum themes of Self-Esteem, Behaviour, Health and Wellbeing. ‘British Values’, Mutual Respect, Tolerance, Communities, Equality and Diversity.


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