This year saw us launch the inaugural Harlequins Heroes – an opportunity to shine a light on teachers who are going above and beyond for their pupil’s health, education, and wellbeing.
We asked people to nominate a teacher and let us know why they should become a Harlequins Hero.
Matt Williams, our Schools Manager is the driving force behind this project. We caught up with him to see why he felt now was the time to do this.
Why did you decide to set up the Harlequins Heroes?
In response to what has been an incredibly challenging period for schools up & down the country, we took the decision to set up the ‘Harlequins Heroes’ scheme to recognise and celebrate the incredible and inspiring work of teachers across the Harlequins Heartlands.
The pandemic has caused immense disruption to the lives of school pupils everywhere, particularly those at important stages of their education. Teachers have really stepped up to the mark this year, as they do every year, so it is something we will look to continue long into the future.
What do you think it will mean to the people who have been nominated?
Hopefully, it will mean a great deal to those who have been nominated, particularly as they will have been recognised by their pupils, colleagues and parents which will have made it even more special.
As the first ever cohort of ‘Harlequins Heroes’, it will be great to work closely together which such an inspirational group of teachers to help shape the way we as a club support our local schools & their communities.
What does it mean to be Harlequins Hero?
To be recognised as a ‘Harlequins Hero’, each teacher will have been nominated by either their pupils, colleagues, or parents from their school. They will have then had to pass through a thorough shortlisting process which should give them each a great sense of pride in their efforts over the last year being recognised in such a way.
It is also exciting to play such an integral role in helping The Harlequins Foundation to continue to lead the way in terms of the impactful work being carried out in the local community.
We were so pleased with the response, and the stories of why people have nominated are inspiring – it is a real opportunity to celebrate dedicated people.
We are in the process of telling those who have become a Harlequins Hero, and we will be sharing their stories throughout the summer – keep an eye on our socials so you do not miss out!
The Harlequins Heroes will be growing year on year – so watch this space!