Wigan Schools take part in Sale Sharks ‘Are You AO-K’ tournament

Mabs Cross and Our Lady’s RC in Aspull both took part in the ‘Are you AO-K’ tournament at the Carrington Lane training ground, with over 450 children from Greater Manchester taking part in the initiative designed to champion mental health children.

The event brought together 19 Sale Sharks players, including Tom Curry, Manu Tuilagi, as well as Jason Robinson OBE.

Vicky Irwin, community manager at Sharks Community Trust, said: “Are you AO-K has made such a valuable difference for young people in the North West.

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Tom Curry was among the Sale players who took part

“We are very proud to be involved in this project and the impact it has had. It’s fantastic to see the club’s lead partner working with the Sharks Community Trust to support mental wellbeing and change lives in our region.

A total of nine schools and more than 15 classes took part in the event to celebrate students completing the six-week “Are You AO-K” program.

The program was delivered in local primary schools by the Sharks Community Trust team, who used workshops and rugby lessons to teach children about positive mental health and wellbeing.

Throughout the day, each class had the opportunity to showcase the chip rugby skills taught to them by the coaches while competing in an exciting knockout tournament spanning eight training pitches.

Each pitch was assigned to two Sharks players, who were on hand to give the students training tips and advice before each game.

The nine participating schools also enjoyed a host of other activities with Sale Sharks and AO providing a DJ and fun inflatables making for a day to remember.

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