Project Rugby is a joint initiative between Premiership Rugby and Gallagher designed to increase participation in the game by people from traditionally under-represented groups. These include:

  • Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups
  • People from lower socio-economic backgrounds 
  • Disabled groups

ENGAGEMENT

The programme currently engages participants aged 14+ (and 16+ for disabled groups) and is delivered by Foundation staff across Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire and Middlesex. 

The Foundation provides opportunities for people to participate in the game at a time and place that is easily accessible for them. The objective is to enable participants to progress into community clubs by ensuring channels are in place for them to do so. 

KEY OUTCOMES

  • Transition from Project Rugby activities into regular rugby participation
  • Improve individual physical and mental well-being 
  • Reduce social misconduct and isolation
  • Challenge existing perceptions of the game, positioning rugby as a sport for anyone regardless of background, ability or gender
  • Use positive role models to act as mentors

For more information contact wayne.wedgbury@london-irish.com

I just wanted to say a BIG thank you for the sports sessions that my students had with London Irish Foundation. They really enjoyed the experience of trying different games and being part of a team. Laurisa was great with the students, motivating them to join in, try their best and have fun, which they did! Every single student gave me a very positive feedback about the sessions, how it impacted them and how good they felt afterwards – so well done! Sylwia Richards - Reading College Tutor

HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT US

MAKE A DONATION

You can donate in the following ways: By making a one-off or monthly donation; by becoming a corporate supporter; by attending or participating in our fundraising events; by leaving a gift in your will. For details about making a donation please contact: foundation@london-irish.com and we will be in touch.

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By joining our group of volunteers you can make a difference. Over the course of a year there are occasions when we need extra help with activities and events. Our volunteers meet new people, gain new friendships, learn new skills and have some really great experiences! Because of the nature of some of our projects we need you to sign up in advance to our list of volunteers. All you have to do is contact the Foundation at: foundation@london-irish.com and we will be in touch with you.

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Inclusion Officer

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WHO WE WORK WITH

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