Dallaglio RugbyWorks is an intensive, long-term skills development programme based on rugby, through which we aim to get teenagers outside of mainstream education into sustained education, employment or training.

Former England Rugby and Wasps Captain, Lawrence Dallaglio OBE, founded Dallaglio RugbyWorks this time ten years ago!

Having had a successful career in rugby, he was a firm believer that with success comes responsibility and this drove him to set up his charity which uses the values of rugby within a long-term skills development programme working intensively within the education system. 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 channelled that power into the development of Dallaglio RugbyWorks. 

Over the last five years we have developed this programme to work with 14-17 years olds in alternative provision using coaches to work closely with the teenagers to help them shift their behaviour, provide them with skills and belief, to consider a positive future in work.

Since 2009, we have grown significantly.  It was that year that saw the birth of 8Rocks raising £605k, followed by the first Dallaglio Cycle Slam in 2010 raising an extraordinary £1.4M. 2011 brought a  change when Lawrence brought in Rachel Roxburgh, our inaugural CEO.  She grew the team from just two people to 40 with a key focus on RugbyWorks and strengthening the Board, setting the charity up for longevity and success. From just two staff we now employ a team of 40 people.

Now, in the current academic year, we are working with 560 young people in 70 Alternative Provision sites across the country. 

Our results are significant, a young person on our programme is 3 times more likely to pass a Maths & English Level 2 and twice as likely to still be in education, employment or training 12 months after leaving school. Both significant predictors of future employability and ability to support themselves and their families to build a better life.

As we learn from each year of our existence, we continue to develop our organisation and approach. We are incredibly excited about the future of Dallaglio RugbyWorks, but the work we do isn’t possible without you. So, from Lawrence, Rachel and everyone at Dallaglio RugbyWorks a massive thank you for all the support over the last 10 years!


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