Benefiting Charity

Dallaglio RugbyWorks is a charity founded by Lawrence Dallaglio OBE, born out of his passion for supporting the hardest to reach young people through the game of rugby. The charity has one clear mission which we’re incredibly passionate about: to help young people who have fallen outside of mainstream education into sustained further education, employment or training.

RugbyWorks engages 14-17 year old boys and girls within the Alternative Education system over three years.   Alternative provision schools educate young people who for one reason or another have been failed by the mainstream school system who haven’t been able to support their individual needs and as a result, they have been excluded.  These young people often come from chaotic backgrounds with multiple risk factors such as criminality and troubled families.  They tend to have lower success rates in education and employment than pupils from mainstream schools.  So by age 14, their future prospects are devastatingly low.

We engage them initially through the values of rugby, utilising the sport to build a rapport, the confidence and skills required for their transition into adulthood.  When the trust and relationships are established, a big part of what we do is to expose the young people to the workplace through our supporter network, hosting taster days and skills building workshops with the likes of Google, Burberry, Citi Group, Halfords and McGee Group.  This opens their eyes to new experiences and starts to build aspirations that might not have previously existed and as a result, we’re starting to see some real results:

  • 70% of the 2016 school leavers that we are mentoring are still in education, employment or training after six months, compared to 50% of national Alternative Provision leavers.
  • Young people who attend RugbyWorks regularly frequently show significant improvements in behaviour.
  • 18% of our 2016 school leavers have secured an Apprenticeship against National backdrop of just 6% of apprenticeship applicants in mainstream education.

Why do we do this?  Because we know there are a huge range of factors leading to students being excluded from mainstream education.  And, for whatever that reason, we don’t believe that should signal exclusion from mainstream society too.