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 physical and mental health. Team Richmond consistently competes at the highest level, coming in the top three for the last few years:

Commenting on the successful applications, Head of the Harlequins Foundation Marc Leckie said “It was clear from the volume of applications that there is a huge amount of need in our local communities and the committee found it very challenging to choose between them. We are, however, really pleased with the range of organisations supported by this grant, and look forward to working with them to demonstrate their impact in supporting our aim to create brighter futures.”


The first round of the Brighter Futures Grant Programme has now closed receiving 45 applications from organisations from Richmond and Guildford.

The eight successful applicants were selected by the Harlequins Foundation Grant Committee which included Marc Leckie (Head of the Harlequins Foundation), Katherine Bishop (Fundraising Manager), Mark Lambert (Harlequins Player and Chairman of the RPA), Dominic Coles (Harlequins Foundation Trustee) and David Blackburn (Harlequins Debenture Holder).

The successful organisations are;

1. Off the Record, provides counselling for services for young people aged 11 to 24 in the borough of Richmond.
2. Emerge Advocacy, provides support for young people experiencing an emotional or mental health crisis resulting in them needing to go to their local A&E department.
3. Crossways Centre – Me too and co, provides activities and therapies for children with disabilities and additional needs.
4. Feltham Girls Group at Reach Academy, is designed to improve the confidence, resilience and relationship skills of girls who are vulnerable or at-risk at Reach Academy in Feltham and the local area.
5. Action Attainment Ltd enables children with speech, language, communication and sensory needs to achieve and have active lives.
6. Home Start Richmond, Kingston and Hounslow a local charity supporting families of children under five years of age who for various reason find themselves in a time of crisis.
7. Knights Basketball Academy Bursary, is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company based in the London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames providing running and wheelchair basketball opportunities to more than 250 players.


The Harlequins Foundation has a limited number of signed balls and shirts that it can donate each season. Due to the number of requests we receive we are only able to donate these items in line with this policy and on a first come first served basis.

Other fundraising opportunities such as bucket collections are limited to our partner charities. Click here for more information.