Harlequins recognises the responsibilities that comes with being a leading rugby club and the responsibilities we hold to our supporters, the community around us and the wider environment. Launched in early 2015 to give focus to the Club’s social commitments, the Harlequins Foundation’s mission is to harness the true power of the Harlequins spirit – our passion, our experience, our heritage and our partners - to improve the life chances of young people aged up to 25.
We are currently developing a range of programmes and partnerships that will engage, inspire, educate and equip the young people we work with, opening doors to new opportunities and transforming lives. We are focusing our work in the areas where we feel we can have the biggest impact. With our belief in the power of sport underpinning our thinking, our work falls under four key themes:
• Healthy bodies, healthy minds
• Education, training and employment
• Sustainable communities
We’ve got a lot to do and we’ll be keeping you updated throughout the season, but good things are already happening.
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In June 2016 the Harlequins Foundation launched its flagship mental health campaign, METTLE – click here for more information
In June 2016, the Harlequins Foundation launched its flagship mental health campaign, METTLE.
Mental health affects one in four people in the UK and through the METTLE campaign, the Harlequins Foundation will raise awareness of mental health issues, build the mental resilience of young people in the community, equip coaches to deal with mental health and well-being, and support the wellness of its staff and players.
METTLE will educate children and young people to deal with stressful and challenging times and situations. An innovative mental resilience programme will be trialled in local primary schools from September 2016, before being rolled out in January 2017.
The Harlequins Foundation is also hoping to develop a second pilot for 18-25 year olds in partnership with Richmond Borough MIND and South West London NHS Mental Health Trust, as part of Premiership Rugby’s new programme funded by Comic Relief.
When launching METTLE, Harlequins and the Harlequins Foundation became the first professional rugby union club to sign the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation.
By signing the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation, Harlequins and the Harlequins Foundation joins sporting bodies such as the RFU, the FA, the LTA, the RPA and the English Institute of Sport. The charter has five actions, which the Harlequins Foundation has committed to fulfilling.
Harlequins has pledged to
• Use the power of sport to promote well-being
• Promote positive public health messaging through diverse role models
• Tackle discrimination
• Support a pan-sport platform to share networks, resources and best practice
• Monitor performance and assess progress
We understand the importance of having both a healthy body and a healthy mind to allow young people to reach their potential. We run a number of programmes that focus on health and wellbeing, including personal development, nutrition and mental resilience.
Something to Chew On
Something to Chew On, in association with Public Health England and BT Sport’s The Supporters Club, is an interactive project aimed at teaching seven to eight year-olds about their own health and wellbeing with a rugby focus. We will be delivering Something to Chew On in six local schools during the season. For further information on the initiative please click here or email us here
On the Front Foot
On the Front Foot, a Department for Education funded initiative, transfers rugby's core values into a range of classroom and practical activities. The activities aim to develop positive character, as well as life skills such as anger management, healthy relationships, money management and communication. This season we will be delivering the six week programme to more than 30 classes in more than 15 schools. The programme culminates in a local tag rugby festival, coinciding with the Rugby World Cup. For more information on the initiative please click here or email us here
We believe that education and training open the doors to future opportunity. We run a number of programmes and initiatives aimed at delivering practical educational support and inspiring entrepreneurial spirit.
Aviva Tackling numbers
Aviva Tackling Numbers is an innovative and engaging programme for Key Stage 2 children, which uses rugby to deliver a range of numeracy challenges, as well as achieving citizenship and Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) outcomes. This season we will be delivering Aviva Tackling Numbers to more than 1,200 children in 20 schools, and training 40 teachers. For further information on the initiative please click here or email us here
HITZ is a 33 week social inclusion and employability programme for disadvantaged and disillusioned 11-19 year olds who are not in education, employment or training (NEET).
It aims to provide the opportunities for participants to move towards individual goals – for example further education, vocational training, apprenticeships and employment. It also encourages the participants into regular sporting participation, and encourages good relations between people regardless of their backgrounds. By 2016 more than 90 NEET young people aged 16 to 19 will have completed the Foundation Learning (FL) via the Harlequins HITZ programme, and currently 25 have already achieved a positive progression (apprenticeship, employment with training, access to apprenticeships, FE). For more information on the programme contact Paul Wilson here
Mentoring and Apprenticeships
As part of our commitment to providing long term, sustainable support to the young people we work with, the Harlequins Foundation is currently developing a mentoring and apprenticeship programme. By drawing on the experience and goodwill of our partners, associates and supporters, these opportunities will provide mentees with support and assistance with moving towards education, training or employment. If you or your company are interested in getting involved in this new initiative please contact us here
Building potential: We recognise that the young people we work with sometimes need additional support in order to make the most of the opportunities we are helping them to unlock. As a result we are currently looking at how we can develop the relationship we have with the young people we work with, and by offering them a range of wider support, enable them to maximise the opportunities ahead.
We run a range of initiatives in over ten local schools that focus on creating participation opportunities and promoting diversity and equality.
Rugby4All is Premiership Rugby’s innovative programme backed by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). The programme, which we will be delivering in ten local schools aims to:
• Increase the number of women and girls involved in the sport
• Provide better access for disabled people
• Promote the game among Black and Minority Ethnic groups
For further information on the initiative please click here or email us here
Wheelchair rugby – Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby (GBWR)
We are currently supporting GBWR - a relatively new and growing charity established to promote, grow and support wheelchair rugby within the UK.
Following a taster session, the Harlequins Foundation is now supporting GBWR in the delivery of seven, one and a half hour coaching sessions at Clarendon School – a local school for pupils aged seven to 16 with moderate learning difficulties.
The coaching programme will develop the children’s learning skills along with core values of team work, respect, enjoyment and discipline. They will also gain confidence from learning a new sport, and most importantly have fun! Participants recently had the opportunity to represent Harlequins at the BT WWRC15 Community Festival, at the Copper Box, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
We are committed to ensuring that our local communities are happy, healthy and sustainable. Our Quins in the Community programme will allow community groups and local charities to apply for grants and in-kind support towards initiatives and activities that will support our goals around creating a brighter future for young people.
For further information on our criteria and application process, please email us here
Each year, the Harlequins Foundation helps to raise funds for a small number of charity partners.
We are currently raising £100,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital to fund a single room on the Hospital’s new respiratory ward, which will open in 2017. The room will offer patients and their families more comfort, space and facilities to ease what can often be a long or frequent stay. Our fundraising will focus around Big Game 8 – to buy your tickets to the game or make a donation please click here
We will also be supporting Teach a Man to Fish, Future Hope, Comic Relief, Movember and Wooden Spoon. Please keep an eye on our home page for updates.
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