No design school is like Raffles Milano:
The first classroom for our freshmen is an authentic A Division rugby field.
Getting to know each other, breaking the ice, calling everyone by their first name right away, because when you are about to share three years of your life with each other, you can’t afford to waste a single hour
This is why our freshmen students spend their first day not in the glazed classrooms in via Casati with a teacher, but on a rugby field with federal technicians.
On our very first academic year we launched a collaboration with ASR Rugby Milano, the Milanese association that competes in all rugby championships (from A Division to minirugby with little “microbes” who are only three years old, from the female team to the Olds, the unshakable sixty-year-olds in the ASR who run just as fast or more than the twenty-year-olds…).
We prepared a team building that allows our freshmen to become more confident, move together and understand the meaning of working in a team, of asking for and obtaining support from a classmate, of pursuing a goal and achieving it by leading the entire team across the finish line.
Don’t worry: there is nothing bloody about this, no one ever gets hurt, and this educational model is broadly used also by companies to train their staff and generate cohesion and a spirit of cooperation among their divisions.
One morning dedicated to learning the meanings, the roles, the essence of being a team. The metaphor of rugby as an inclusive sport, where every player has a specific role and can express intelligence, cunning, strength or lightness. All you need to do is work together to reach the common goal.
A short break and then also a game in the afternoon, because otherwise there is no fun. Boys and girls, from the robust to the most fragile, discover the beauty of sharing and knowledge, wearing the red and white striped shirt of a legendary club that has meant rugby in Milan for more than 70 years. The setting is magnificent: the synthetic pitch of the company, at the Idroscalo, is surrounded by trees and meadows, with the reflection of the rectangular "sea" of the Milanese and the hulls of the rowers in silent training on the water, makes you live for a day the impression of being in an atmosphere of other times. A real campus.
The next day, however, we start to get serious: everyone in the courtroom on time, and in Raffles for those who arrive late they are already pains, certainly worse than those resulting from a very hard tackle.