In 2017 we awarded our first round of grants in partnership with Sport Relief supporting 11 rugby for change projects across England and one international project in Argentina.
Try for Change Small Grants 2017
Aimed at supporting smaller charities, community groups and grassroots rugby clubs in England, the small grants round gave projects up to £10,000 to support the valuable work they are doing to improve lives through rugby. Over 40 organisations, including 17 rugby clubs, applied for a small grant, with 11 projects ultimately being awarded funding.
Through these small grants projects rugby is being used as a tool to help asylum seekers and refugees integrate into the community in Newcastle; to help manage the behaviour and build positive character of offenders in a North London prison; to deliver a personal development programme to young people in deprived parts of Derby or provide employability skills to unemployed people in Birmingham.
View an infographic and information on the Try for Change Small Grants 2017 https://www.englandrugby.com/mm/Document/General/Home/01/32/60/20/TryForChangeSmallGrantsPosterFinal_Neutral.pdf
Try for Change International 2017
Try for Change awarded a grant to the ‘Second Chance’ project run by Fundación Espartanos, Buenos Aires, Argentina. In Argentina, the reoffending rate is as high as 60% due to lack of opportunities for prisoners to gain vocational skills so Fundación Espartanos has launched a programme called ‘Second Chance’ which uses rugby as a platform for social change.
During their June Test series in Argentina, several England players visited one of Buenos Aires’ maximum-security prisons to meet Fundación Espartanos. England players, including Captain Dylan Hartley as well as Danny Care and Chris Robshaw, saw first-hand how funding from England Rugby and Sport Relief, through the Try for Change Fund, is supporting the project.