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:

Head of Foundation Marc Leckie said:

“It was obvious from last year’s applications that there is huge amount of need in our local communities. Twelve months on, having seen the impact those grants had we are delighted to be re-opening the Brighter Futures Grants Programme so we can continue to make a difference to the lives of local people.”

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Harlequins Foundation is Re-Launching the Brighter Futures Grants Programme to Close out the 2018-19 Season.

The Brighter Futures Grant Programme is now open for its second round of applications from local community organisations this time based in Richmond. The grants, of between £500 and £2,500, will support projects that have a demonstrable connection to The Harlequins Foundation’s mission statement; to inspire, educate and equip individuals and communities to tackle inequality, poor health and the challenges faced by the most vulnerable in society.

Last year seven organisations from a total of forty-five were successful in securing grants of up-to £2500.

Our grants programme is designed to support organisations to do something they couldn’t ordinarily afford. This could include equipment for activities, improvements to facilities, individual or group trips, an event, or access to new or relevant opportunities.

The Brighter Futures Grants Programme will be open for applications as of the 6th of May 2019. The final deadline for applications will be 17.00 on 31st of May 2019. Applications received after this date and time will not be considered. Successful applicants will be notified no later than the 27th of June 2019. Unfortunately, due to the anticipated volume of applications we will not be able to provide individual feedback for unsuccessful applicants.

To apply to the Brighter Futures Grant please download the application form here and return to Alternatively, you can send your completed application to us by post.


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.