HARLEQUINS IN THE COMMUNITY

People and the community have always been at the heart of Harlequins. The Harlequins Foundation, established in 2015, was launched to give focus to the Club’s social responsibilities and to fulfil an opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of those around us. Taking its inspiration from the unique spirit of Harlequins and the power of sport, the Harlequins Foundation works to educate, empower and inspire our local and global communities.

Our aim is to use sport to empower communities to identify and implement opportunities for all, through education, entrepreneurism and skills development. Our focus is on inspirational, sustainable and transformative solutions in the fields of inequality, health, young people and the most vulnerable in society.

We deliver Premiership Rugby Funded Programmes such as Move like a Pro, Project Rugby, and Hitz, utilising our skills to bring rugby to new audiences, and improve the lives of people in our local area. As well as these national programmes we have also developed some flagship projects; Switch which engages girls and young women, encourages them into sport and supports the Club’s wider drive to address gender inequality in society; and Mettle, a physical health and mental resilience project supporting young people to think, feel and behave in an increasingly positive and resilient manner.

To find out more about the Harlequins Foundation, please click the link below:

During the 2017/18 season alone, the Harlequins Foundation has delivered a huge amount to support communities across the South East.

£20,000

Granted through our Brighter Futures programme – to seven community organisations to support their work within the local community

589

Students benefitted from Mettle, our  health and wellbeing programme for children, in eleven primary schools and at St. Mary’s University

3,400

Children attended Community Camps

712

Girls participated in Switch, a girl’s programme encouraging healthy and active lifestyles and campaign to champion gender parity in sport

14,000

Children from our 40 affiliate clubs received a community coach and first team player visit in 2017/18 season

650

Participants on Project Rugby, an inclusion programme to encourage groups that traditionally have not engaged or felt able to participate in rugby, including those with disabilities

65

Community Camps run across the South East

Around 15,000

Benefitted from Community discounted tickets to Harlequins home matches

CASE STUDY

HITZ HIGH ACHIEVERS LEAD THE WAY

West Londoners, Kya and Natalie, are shining examples of the rapid progress young people can make with the right support and the right attitude.
Both young women joined the HITZ Learning Academy – an educational programme run by the Harlequins Foundation for 16-18-year olds who are no longer in mainstream education – in 2017 and have made huge progress since.

HITZ allows young people to gain much needed qualifications, while also improving health and wellbeing through rugby’s core values and sporting opportunities.

Struggling in mainstream schooling due to her autism, Kya has gone from strength to strength since she joined HITZ in September. While her main reason for joining was to complete her maths and English study with one-to-one support that wasn’t available at school, she has also found success in the HITZ sporting challenges. Taking great pride in beating all her classmates, Kya has decided she wants to go into sports coaching and disability sport. She will continue to work with HITZ until June this year, and we cannot wait to continue to watch her develop long after she finishes the course.

After a referral from a youth worker in Hounslow, Natalie joined HITZ in late October, missing the first month of the programme. Although some late starters can have issues with workload, Natalie tackled the challenge head on and is now leading the pack from the front in all coursework deadlines. Alongside her academic focus, Natalie has been helping co-deliver other Harlequins outreach projects as part of her work experience, where she has displayed a natural ability to use her own life experience to help others who may be suffering with similar challenges and circumstances. Outside of HITZ, the drive and confidence built through her time at HITZ have led to a job in childcare.

For more information on HITZ and our other Foundation programmes visit: www.harlequins.foundation