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Harlequins Foundation begins an exciting year of METTLE and Switch initiatives

Friday, 15th September 2017 @ 10:00



A new season, brings a new school term and the Harlequins Foundation has hit the ground running for an exciting school year.

The 2017/18 school year sees the full roll out of the METTLE schools programme. After a successful pilot last year to a small number of primary schools, it has expanded across schools in Twickenham and Richmond.

This school term alone will see over 200 Year 6 students engaging with METTLE, the mental resilience and emotional well-being programme.

The METTLE programme is ten weeks long, covering a variety of subjects from growth mindset, managing your emotions and the effect of diet on mental wellbeing.

METTLE will be offered to every primary school in the Richmond and Twickenham borough, educating over 2,000 young people on mental resilience and mental health during the year.

Switch is also in its second year of delivery. Last year the programme delivered rugby to 6oo girls and transitioned 33 new players to Harlequins amateurs RFC.

This year the Switch programme will deliver to 1000 young girls in the boroughs of Richmond and Twickenham. A series of festivals and club transition events across the year will further strengthen an already inspiring programme.

We will be working with Harlequins Amateurs, Twickenham RFC, and Grasshoppers to offer club rugby.

Switch programme ambassador, Harlequins and England scrum half, Leanne Riley said “I am privileged to be supporting the Harlequins Foundation and their girls’ programme, Switch. I have been playing rugby for 14 years and it’s fantastic to see that the Club is engaging girls in the local area. I’m looking forward to being involved for its second year.”

For more information on the Harlequins Foundation, please click here.


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