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:

Dominic Coles, Trustee of the Harlequins Foundation, said:

“Each year, the Harlequins Foundation awards grants to local schools, clubs and other community projects to help fund activities which support our mission to inspire, educate and equip individuals and communities to change their lives and fulfil their potential. We’re delighted that, yet again, we are able this year to fund some impactful and transformative activities.”


The Brighter Futures Grant Programme was established by the Foundation to provide support for local organisations, in the London Borough of Richmond to do something they couldn’t ordinarily afford, such as the purchasing of equipment or the improvement of facilities. Following this year’s round of applications, we are delighted to announce the successful applications are:

Tag Youth Club – a local charity that offers young people with special education needs and disabilities a weekly opportunity to socialise and enjoy a range of activities from Ham Youth Club. This grant will enable them to purchase the eye gaze system, ultimately, making their sessions more accessible for young people.

Grey Court School – a secondary Academy in Richmond, who aim to inspire, educate and encourage all pupils to become the best versions of themselves. This grant will enable them to run a pilot, employing a qualified councillor, to support young people across the schools experiencing mental health problems.

Kids Come First – a charity that works to improve the mental health of families living in Richmond while going through separation. The grant will enable them to provide more workshops and share information about mental wellbeing, supporting financially disadvantaged families in the borough.

MTV Youth – This grant will support the supply and fit of durable artificial grass at the Youth Club. Enabling a range of activities to take place, engaging young people from across the borough in positive activities.


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.