Almost 2,000 young people have become first-year graduates of MBNA’s Number Cruncherz programme, an innovative schools project that uses rugby to make money management easier for 11- and 12-year-olds.
Developed by Chester-based MBNA – principal partners of Premiership Rugby side Sale Sharks – the club’s Community Trust and the Personal Finance Education Group (pfeg), Number Cruncherz launched in January 2014 and has already delivered inspiring sessions to almost 2,000 pupils in 24 different schools across North West England in its first year.
The three-year scheme is completely free for schools to participate in and uses practical and engaging rugby-based workshops to teach young people the importance of number skills in everyday life.
Ian O’Doherty, chief executive of MBNA, said: “We’re incredibly proud of Number Cruncherz and the positive feedback we’ve had from teachers and children.
“Number Cruncherz is a flagship community programme and investments like this are part of being a responsible financial lender.
“Thanks to the support of the Sale Sharks Community Trust, we’re delighted that thousands of young children have benefitted from Number Cruncherz already and we intend to achieve even more this year, taking the programme on the road to more schools across North West England and into North Wales.
“We’re committed to helping teachers integrate financial education into the classroom in a memorable and enjoyable way.”
In the first 12 months of delivery…
- 30 groups of students from 24 different schools graduated from Number Cruncherz – every group has received a legacy pack to enable further learning back in the classroom.
- Almost 2,000 pupils have taken part in Number Cruncherz sessions.
- 1,100 free tickets have been given to schools for Sale Sharks’ Premiership Rugby games.
- Star players from Sale Sharks including Mark Cueto, Johnny Leota, Michael Paterson and Will Addison took part in different sessions.
Participation in the programme is free and currently available to any school in the North West and North Wales regions.