Project information


The Dallaglio Foundation delivers a long-term intensive skills development programme, based on the values of rugby, to 14-17 year olds outside of mainstream education. The goal? To ensure they achieve sustained education, employment or training.

RugbyWorks is ongoing across the UK in England and Wales - Our Christmas Challenge will be focused on securing funding for Wales

Charity information: Dallaglio RugbyWorks

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  • Need


    Our target population, 14-17 year olds who have been excluded from mainstream education and enrolled in alternative provision schools often come from chaotic backgrounds with high levels of social risk factors such as troubled families, criminality and unemployment. They have much lower success rates in education and employment compared to pupils from mainstream schools. Consequently, failure to improve outcomes for this population segment comes with a high societal cost.


    RugbyWorks is designed to help these young people onto a positive pathway to achieve sustained education, employment or training with a particular focus on exposing them to various vocational opportunities.

    We achieve this through a three-stage journey of:

    Engagement – minimising the impact of their past
    Integration – making better decisions in the present, and
    Achievement – planning to ensure a long term successful future.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To ensure the young people we work with achieve sustained education, employment or training.


    » Outdoor and classroom RugbyWorks sessions for 2 years to develop soft skills such as communication, leadership, decision-making, and teamwork.
    » Our ambition is to give every young person we work with at least one employability opportunity, helping them build their portfolio of skills.
    » After young people have left their Alternative Provision school, a year of 1:1 mentoring follows to support their education, employment or training.

    What success will look like

    Success will be demonstrated by young people remaining in education, employment or training following the end of their year of mentoring.

  • Impact


    Failure to improve outcomes for this population segment comes with a high societal cost: a staggering 80% of young people in the criminal justice system were excluded from school. In extreme cases of educational and social disengagement, the estimated lifetime cost can reach £3million per person. It costs the Dallaglio Foundation £1,000 per year to support a young person from the AP system through our project.


    Due to the environment of Alternative Provision schools, and the young people we work with, there are a number of associated risks in delivering the programme and in monitoring its efficacy. We mitigate these risks through our programme design and monitoring and evaluation procedures. Please see our social impact report for further details.


    Every year we develop a social impact report which is based upon our extensive monitoring and evaluation processes in every Alternative Provision school that we work in. This is shared with the public and all donors. All donors can also receive newsletter updates.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £1,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,000 Total cost Per young person per year
  • Background


    All funds secured through the Christmas Challenge will be used to deliver our work across South Wales.

    RugbyWorks is currently delivered in Pupil Referral Units across London, South Wales, Bristol, the South West and Newcastle.


    Disengaged 14-17 young people excluded from mainstream education, who are in need of the practical support, experience and ability to help them believe and invest in the possibility of a better future. Often for the very first time. We work with those in years 10 and 11 and deliver the programme as a free service in our partner AP schools before providing them with a year of 1-1 mentoring.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Dallaglio Foundation was founded by Lawrence Dallaglio OBE, former England Rugby and Wasps Captain. Having experienced a troubled time in his youth after the death of his sister, Lawrence found rugby which he credits for helping overcome a very turbulent time in his life. Recognising the power that rugby had in transforming his attitude, behaviour and aspirations, he channeled that power into the development of RugbyWorks.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Lawrence Dallaglio


    Rachel Roxburgh


    Paula Robertson

    Head of Operations

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