The London-based charity’s generous donation will support the delivery of Harlequins’ flagship METTLE programme, which engages pupils through rugby.
Berkeley Foundation's money will enable the METTLE project to be delivered in nine Richmond-based schools for the next 10 weeks.
Children will work with Harlequin’s trained coaches in a series of workshops and receive an accompanying workbook, which covers topics including managing emotions and forming positive relationships. Underpinned by the values of rugby, the sessions are all designed to improve the emotional well-being and mental health of the children.
The programme also includes useful information for teachers and parents to support and encourage the children to put into practice the tools and strategies they learn.
Sally Dickinson, Head of Berkeley Foundation said: “We are delighted to support the Harlequins Foundation’s mental health campaign through our Community Investment Fund.
“The Berkeley Foundation is committed to providing young people with the tools and resilience they need to cope and thrive - METTLE will do just that by engaging school pupils through rugby.
“We look forward to working with the Harlequins Foundation to encourage positive mental health through the delivery of this successfully piloted schools programme.”
Harlequins Foundation Programme Manager Paul Wilson said: “This funding will enable the Foundation to strengthen its impact upon the local community, especially on young people. We treasure the valued support from Berkley Foundation.”
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