So what does The Harlequins Foundation do?
The Harlequins Foundation is the charitable arm of Harlequins Rugby Club, and our vision is a world where the power of sport is used to drive positive change. Our passions are championing inclusivity, promoting wellbeing and improving life opportunities.
Our community is at the heart of everything we do, and our ambition is to positively impact the lives of one million individuals by 2030, and we’re excited to share with you just a few of the ways we’re achieving that goal.
Our programmes are focused on enabling everyone to be the best they can be. We promote physical and mental wellbeing through sport and help those in the most under-represented areas to get active and involved, as well as boost employability through alternative learning and training. Everything we do helps to build brighter futures for individuals going forward.
This year alone we estimate The Foundation will create £2.5 Million of social value through our programmes, where we teach young people in The Harlequins Heartlands the eight essential skills, which are the skills that will give young people a better chance to succeed in life. We are also actively seeking to increase participation in sports from the most underrepresented groups; by age 14, just 10% of girls are doing enough physical activity, and the participation rate for BAME groups in sport is only 40% compared with a national average of 46%.
But why does our position as the charitable arm of a rugby club allow us to reach people that others can’t?
Head of the Foundation, Marc Leckie, had this to say: “We have the ability to get into communities and reach people. That is greater, quite often, than a traditional education intervention or a clinical intervention because the psychological barriers will go down just by somebody coming along in the club colours and delivering the same message.
“It is a sport and value set that teaches you so many wonderful life lessons. You must be able to relate to those around you, deal with setbacks and celebrate success, have fun and be respectful – of those you play with and against. The power of rugby as a vehicle to break down barriers and engage people is incredibly powerful and through that we can achieve so many fantastic outcomes and improve the life opportunities of everyone we work with. It is great as the sport has given me lifelong friends and memories, as well as developing essential life skills.”
Rugby has the power to unite people, and when we are united we can achieve incredible things. While most of our work is carried out in The Harlequins Heartlands – the boroughs surrounding The Stoop – we deliver globally too through our selected partners in Kolkata, India and Lesotho in South Africa. So when you support The Foundation you can be sure that you’re making a difference not only to your local community but globally as well.
In today’s climate young people are suffering the most, so it’s more important than ever that we carry out the invaluable work that we do. And it’s only with help from our incredible supporters and volunteers that we are able to carry out the invaluable work that we do. This season alone, our amazing fans have raised over £20k so far just by donating their leftover cups at the end of the game – that money will go to directly changing the lives of some of the most vulnerable children in our community.
“We want to replicate our success on the pitch and translate that into the pride that you feel about our work off the pitch. Whether it is volunteering, donating, taking part in events or sharing our stories with friends and family, all of it will make a massive difference to our ability to scale up our work and is vital in helping us make a real difference to vulnerable people in our Harlequin Heartlands.”
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Just as Marc says: whether you’d like to donate, volunteer or take part in one of our events, we would love to have you.