Dallaglio RugbyWorks

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Barclays Bank Chambers Bridge Street,
CV37 6AH

07712 855679

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Dallaglio RugbyWorks was set up by Lawrence Dallaglio OBE to help young people who are facing considerable personal challenges and additional barriers in education or future employment. Our award-winning programme supports over 550 young people each year in 65 schools across eight regions in England and Wales.

Our mission is simple: We use the values of rugby to empower marginalised teenagers, at risk of being left behind by society, to aspire for and achieve a better future.

Dallaglio RugbyWorks coaches provide weekly support to small groups of 14 to 17 year-olds over three years. The teenagers on our programme are some of the most vulnerable in our society and are at significant risk of leaving school without the qualifications required to secure a job or a place at college. Using a blend of employability skills and the values of rugby, our coaches provide mentoring and guidance to help young people improve their skill set and develop the confidence to succeed in adult life.

We work with teenagers who have many complex needs, are often vulnerable and require additional concentrated support that many schools are not adequately resourced to provide, that’s where RugbyWorks makes a real difference!

Evidence shows that teenagers who have been excluded from school are twice as likely to be in state care, four times more likely to have grown up in poverty, seven times more likely to have a special educational need and ten times more likely to suffer recognised mental health problems.

Without support these teenagers will go on to cost the state £763m in extra health, criminal justice, welfare and education costs in their lifetime. 63% of the prison population were excluded from school at some stage. As such, they need consistent long-term and intensive support to develop personally, aspire to a positive future direction and successfully navigate the difficult transition back into mainstream education and employment.

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


Dallaglio RugbyWorks 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.  Lawrence recognised the power that rugby had in transforming his attitude, behaviour and aspirations and channeled that power into the development of RugbyWorks.


RugbyWorks engages teenagers who have been permanently excluded from mainstream education and enrolled in Alternative Provision schools through the sport of rugby.  This target population comes 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.  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. 


Why do we do this?  Because we know there are a huge range of factors leading to students being excluded from mainstream education.  And, for whatever that reason, we don’t believe that should signal exclusion from mainstream society too.

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