We believe that sport, and specifically rugby, has the power to change lives and should be accessible to all. The Harlequins Foundation runs a range of initiatives that focus on challenging stereotypes, promoting diversity and equality, and creating participation opportunities within the sport.


Harlequins is committed to developing women’s rugby from grass roots to international level. In October 2016, the Harlequins Foundation launched Switch – a multi-tiered programme aimed at encouraging girls to get involved in the sport by:

  • Increasing accessibility and participation – providing opportunities for girls to take part in rugby within their curriculum PE lessons, after school clubs and festivals.
  • Inspiring and Exceling – using our coaches to nurture and develop girls progression within the game.
  • Developing and Sustaining – educating staff, supporting schools, and providing an onward pathway.

In our first term (October to December 2016) the Harlequins Foundation reached 600 girls through classes, camps and afterschool clubs, 33 of whom have transferred to club level. The project is now engaging with seven schools in Twickenham and Richmond and is successfully creating a sustainable platform for girls rugby.

With continued support, we are hoping to reach 1,000 girls each year moving forward.

For more information on how you or your school can get involved, you can contact Brian Holland by clicking here or you can contact Paul Wilson by clicking here.

Project Rugby

Project Rugby is a joint initiative between Premiership Rugby and the RFU designed to increase participation in the game by people from traditionally underrepresented groups (black, asian and ethnic minority, low socio-economic background, and people with disabilities).

Project Rugby is designed with the belief that in order to engage and transition a participant into lifelong participation in the game, we must reduce the personal and environmental barriers people face. The programme will be delivered at a time and place that ensures it is accessible to the target audiences, and will involve activities designed to increase participants’ levels of self-confidence and resilience.

For more information on how you or your school can get involved you can contact Paul Wilson by clicking here.

Team Richmond – London Youth Games

The London Youth Games was inaugurated in 1977 as part of The Queen’s Silver Jubilee Celebrations. Now entering its 40th year, the Games provide competitive sporting opportunities for young Londoners. The Games are attended by more than 100,000 children from across London competing in more than 30 different sports.

For the last 12 years Harlequins, and now the Harlequins Foundation, has sponsored ‘Team Richmond’, enabling 450 local children to compete. The partnership represents a significant and positive investment into the local community, encouraging children to participate in sport, as well as reinforcing our commitment to Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds. Team Richmond consistently competes at the highest level, coming in the top three for the last few years: