Dallaglio RugbyWorks

“We use the values of rugby, and sport in general, to ensure that disadvantaged young people who are disengaged from learning get the best opportunities to build a positive and productive future.” - Dallaglio RugbyWorks

More than just a game

Sport is a powerful thing. On one hand, it can incite the kind of passion which divides people. And on the other, it has the ability to bring together communities that might never unite and ultimately, it can change lives. Dallaglio RugbyWorks is a charity that exists to do the latter. The team wants to create opportunities which empower young people aged 12 years and up; To set their own goals, capture their own progress, recognise the skills they have and own their data. 

Dallaglio RugbyWorks (DRW) came to us with a mission to create an MVP that is the first step towards a truly engaging and fun platform that encourages disadvantaged young people to evidence and understand the critical life and employment skills they have, outside of the traditional classroom. ‘Player Profiles’ was created with the moods and motivators of young people at the forefront. We learnt about their favourite apps and games – which ranged from Fortnite to TikTok – in a bid to ensure ‘Player Profiles’ was somewhere they actually wanted to be. In-depth interviews with mentors and coaches revealed valuable insight into the lives of their young people and how they perceived DRW. 

The outcome is a gamified learning platform which motivates young people to build upon six key life skills. Through goals and quizzes, the user can make progress, level up and earn kudos points which, importantly, tally up to win prizes – cheeky Nando’s anyone? 

The technology

‘Player Profiles’ utilises the latest version of Vue 3, which is faster, smaller and more maintainable. 

This approach made it significantly easier to manage the notifications and Kudos state across the app. We also used the latest version of VeeValidate which focuses more on an object based schema, which allowed us to separate the form validations based on which view we are on and update the validations where needed.

A gif showing the progress feature on the Dallaglio RugbyWorks Player Profiles app
A gif showing the gifs feature on the Dallaglio RugbyWorks Player Profiles app
A gif showing the countdown feature on the Dallaglio RugbyWorks Player Profiles app

“The board of Dallaglio RugbyWorks are really pleased with what we will be launching as an MVP. The partnership with Reason Digital is a perfect fit as both organisations share the same social values. Lawrence, along with his colleagues on the board, is passionate about helping young people, who have been excluded from school, to change their odds for the better. He believes that ‘Player Profiles’ is one of the key tools that will be able to help them level the playing field.”

Zenna Hopson

CEO of Dallaglio RugbyWorks

Back to school

Next we need to put what we’ve built, back into the hands of users. The ‘Player Profiles’ pilot will run across three schools – one in Wales plus two people referral units in the West Midlands and in London. Watch this space. 

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