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Project Rugby is a joint initiative between Premiership Rugby and Gallagher designed to increase participation in the game by people from traditionally underrepresented groups. These include:

  • Black Asian and Minority Ethnic People
  • People from Lower Socio-Economic backgrounds (top 30% IMD)
  • Disabled groups

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The programme currently engages participants aged 14+ (and 16+ for disabled groups) and is delivered by London Irish Foundation staff across Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire and Middlesex. The Foundation provides accessible opportunities for people to participate in the game at a time and place that is easily accessible for the participants. The Foundation works hard to provide exit routes into grassroot clubs by ensuring infrastructures are in place. 

Key Outcomes include:

  • Transition participants from Project Rugby activity into regular rugby participation
  • Improving individual physical and mental well-being 
  • Reduce social mis conduct and isolation 
  • Challenge existing perceptions of the game, positioning rugby as a sport for anyone regardless of background, ability or gender
  • Use positive role models to act as mentors

For more information, please visit www.projectrugby.co.uk or contact [email protected].

The London Irish Foundation were delighted to help at the Osborne School Sports Day, as part of Project Rugby, on Thursday 20 June! Osborne School is a maintained special school for pupils with learning disabilities aged 11-19. To see how the Foundation were involved, click here!


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