Fife employability project that combines rugby with job training set to return this spring

School of Hard Knocks (SoHK) is returning to Fife this spring to deliver its Improving Health and Aspirations course to unemployed men and women

Friday, 2nd April 2021, 5:46 pm

SoHK is a social inclusion charity that uses rugby lessons on the pitch alongside classroom-based activities to deliver life and employability skills to unemployed adults.

The course will be starting on April 13 and finishing on May 21, with sessions taking place every Tuesday to Friday with the days split between Beveridge Park in Kirkcaldy on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and from McKane Park in Dunfermline on Thursdays and Fridays.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Previous participants of the course.

Each day will consist of a physical session, which includes, circuits, games and rugby followed by an online session which will consist of topics such as goal setting, nutrition and growth mindset.

Throughout the week trained staff we will be on hand for optional one-to-ones, and participants will be provided each day with lunch and bus travel if needed.

Kari Spence, facilitator with SoHK, said: “We have been provided with funding from the Scottish Government recovery programme to support people in the shift from lockdown to recovery, with the course open to anyone over the age of 18.

“We want to help them improve their mental and physical wellbeing along with boosting confidence, providing some structure, and a plan for moving forward.

“We can't wait to be back delivering our sessions face to face with the participants. It will be amazing to see them all back on the pitch, stepping out their comfort zones and socializing back with others in their communities after such a long period of lockdown and isolation for many.”

For more information, visit:

Thank you for reading this article on our free-to-read website. We're more reliant on your support than ever as the shift in consumer habits brought about by coronavirus impacts our advertisers.

Please consider purchasing a subscription to our print newspaper to help fund our trusted, fact-checked journalism.