XLability project delivered by Soulcial Trust

Atlas support for project: £3,000 per year x 3 years(£9,000)

Number of children helped in total (last year): 100

Number of children worked with on a regular basis: 50

Number of schools involved: 4

 

The Traditional Touch Rugby team has now been practicing for 10 months and its improvement is astonishing. We are now training 50 players weekly coming from 2 different NGOs for children from underprivileged backgrounds as well as from the French School of Siem Reap. We also implemented a new project: The Adaptive Touch Rugby encompasses deaf and mute rugby trainings with the School for Deaf and Blind Children of Siem Reap. We are currently working with the French High School of Phnom Penh and local NGOs based in Phnom Penh in order to organize a national-level rugby tournament.

By the end of 2019, we aim to 

  • keep increasing the number of children regularly coming to the trainings
  • ensure that at least 50% of the players are girls
  • keep increasing the players technical skills and focus on the rules
  • have the team participating in their first national Touch Rugby competition with clubs from other provinces


The new Adaptive Touch Rugby project started at the end of March, thanks to the collaboration between Soulcial Trust, the School for Deaf and Blind Children of Siem Reap and our regular rugby coach. Through the Adaptive Touch Rugby project we aim to increase inclusiveness in Cambodia through sports, namely rugby. Taking place every Tuesday, the deaf and mute rugby trainings gather around 20 children and aim to increase the players’ well-being as well as their self-confidence. 

By the end of 2019, we aim to 

  • increase the number of children regularly coming to the trainings
  • ensure that at least 50% of the players are girls
  • increase the players technical skills and focus on the rules
  • have the children participating in a national all abilities rugby tournament
  • create opportunities for children from different backgrounds and abilities to meet, play together, and build new friendships
  • create a model of disability inclusive community through rugby and its values

 

Further work across Far East Asia

We have raised almost £300,000 from the friends and family of the Nicholsons for Atlas work in Singapore and across Asia and are working with Ben Nicholson to create a fitting legacy for Anita, Alex and Annabel, and as the start of “Atlas Asia”. Atlas CEO Sally Pettipher will visit a number of projects across Asia after the Dinner in Singapore including Kampuchea Balopp in Cambodia, a project known to the Nicholsons and the teammates of Alex and Annabel who have previously donated kit and equipment to the KB children. We will also investigate the capacity to deliver Atlas All Schools programmes in the Philippines and Indonesia.

This work will have a special focus on young people with disabilities and on empowering girls. Women and girls are particularly disadvantaged and suffer inequalities and discrimination more keenly there than in the West.