The Harlequins Foundation was set up in 2015 as an independent charity (1161838) with a goal of ‘Building Brighter Futures’. Our aim is to combine the power of sport with the unique spirit, expertise and experience of Harlequins to create opportunities for people within our local communities and, as we grow, beyond.
We are a small team, at a relatively early stage in our journey. That said, we recognise the scale of the opportunity in front of us. Our ambition and commitment is ensuring that the intentions we have built are already becoming a reality, and our impact is growing.
We are incredibly proud of our flagship programmes: Switch - a women and girls project which aims to develop tomorrow's female leaders, and METTLE - a project that develops skills and knowledge to improve physical health and mental well-being for 9-12 year olds.
We have recently announced a long term partnership with the Movember Foundation to stop men dying too young. That was launched with our contribution to the Man of More Words campaign and will continue with projects throughout the coming years.
We also deliver Premiership Rugby Funded Programmes such as Move like a Pro, Project Rugby and Hitz, utilising our ability to bring rugby to new audiences, and improve the lives of people in our local area.
Our Brighter Futures Grant programme is an opportunity for local organisations to apply for grants from the foundation to help them in their community and charitable endeavours.
We also have strong affiliations with organisations both locally and internationally, such as Kolkata-based children's charity Future Hope.
The Harlequins Foundation is wholly committed to using rugby and the Harlequins Spirit to build brighter futures, but we can only achieve this with the support of the public and corporate sponsors who allow us to develop, deliver and grow to have the positive impact we are committed to achieving.