In 2011, Lawrence began the process of redefining the Foundation’s aims. As a young man, Lawrence faced challenging periods during his adolescence, none more so when his sister Francesca died in the Marchioness disaster in 1989. Being from a very close family, Lawrence struggled to cope after the death of Francesca. But it was eventually the sport of rugby that gave him a purpose to rebuild his life and secure employment during an era when the sport wasn’t professional.
That was why the Foundation began to focus on engaging young people through the power of rugby and sport. The aims behind this were to empower and equip young people, giving them the means and inspiration to change their lives for the better and to provide them with the skills and experience of the workplace, which in turn would make them more employable.
Through the main programme, The Dallaglio Scholarship, Rugby For Change and the Duke of Edinburgh Award, we helped to support hundreds of young people develop and improve their lives for the better!