WLCF appoints School of Hard Knocks as 2015 Charity Partner

Wasps Legends raise £25,000 for School of Hard Knocks (SoHK).
Money raised is funding SoHK for Schools programme.
A three year course for school children using rugby to help make positive changes in their lives.

Wasps Legends Charitable Foundation, the past players network of Wasps, men and women, amateur and professional announced today that during their fundraising activities during 2014, they have raised £25,000 for the School of Hard Knocks.

The School of Hard Knocks (SoHK) is a social inclusion charity running courses that use sport to tackle the issues surrounding unemployment, antisocial behaviour, crime and health. They have an expert team of coaches and mentors, supported by a wide range of high profile individuals from within and outside sport.

Using their unique programme of challenging activities and values-based lessons they enable participants to take positive steps forward in their lives. SoHK teach responsibility, motivation, teamwork, respect and discipline, all of which allow individuals to take responsibility for their actions and context. The SoHK programmes are delivered to young children, teenagers and adults

James Harding, Chairman of Wasps Legends Charitable Foundation said of the announcement: “We are very pleased to announce our grant of £25,000 to our 2014 chosen charity, the School of Hard Knocks. We are developing a great partnership which uses rugby and sport to help those who often find themselves on the wrong end of life, through no real fault of their own, to integrate better into society. We are very excited the money is going towards funding the project which will work with 60 year 9 school children across three different schools in East London. We are pleased that we will be supporting them in 2015 as well to continue with the project.”

Ken Cowen, CEO of School of Hard Knocks added: “We are really grateful to Wasps Legends Charitable Foundation for choosing us as their charity. There is a genuine sense of partnership here that is based on a shared passion for rugby but also a shared belief in the power of rugby to deliver a genuine social impact in our society. We have a had a great start to SOHK for Schools and are now well placed, because of this funding, to grow and develop this exciting work.”