The School of Hard Knocks was awarded a small grant in February 2018 after being nominated by Jason Turner.
School of Hard Knocks is a social inclusion charity which runs courses that use sport to tackle the issues surrounding unemployment, anti-social behaviour, crime and health. The charity has an expert team of coaches and mentors and is supported by a wide range of high profile individuals from within and outside sport. Our work has been documented five times by Sky Sports since 2007 and has grown into one of the most effective and high profile courses in the UK, working with some of the most hard to reach individuals in our society.
The donation of £2,500 will be used to fund places for 3 homeless or at risk of homelessness adults to complete courses in south London within the next year. Each of these adults will receive 2 hours of sporting activity (a mixture of rugby, boxing and fitness training) and 2 hours of classroom work, augmented by 1:1 mentoring and support, for an initial 8 weeks. They will learn about teamwork, self-discipline communication, self-control, self-efficacy, managing fear and anger, self confidence and how to set and achieve goals.
In August 2018, the School of Hard Knocks provided an update on how their grant was being used. Watch the video here.