NEC Harlequins Community Development Officer Nick Hyde and two members of the Quins Community Coaching team will be flying out to Kolkata, India to work with Future Hope on 11th June.
Future Hope India was set up over 16 years ago to provide a home, education, medical aid and opportunity to some of the street children of Kolkata. Many of these children suffer extreme poverty and have little or no ability to change their lives. More than anything they need love and security. Future Hope now runs five homes and a school for over 150 children
Sport is a daily activity for the children and has proved to be an effective medium for instilling positive values as well as offering a constructive outlet for their energies. The children have competed successfully in rugby, football, cricket and hockey against local schools.
The Quins Community team hope to develop all aspects of rugby whilst with Future Hope, but particularly coach education that will allow the older students to go out to the schools in Kolkata to spread the rugby message to a new audience.
"By sharing coaching knowledge and working intensively for three weeks with the coaches and players at Future Hope, we can really make an impact into the way rugby is coached and played in Kolkata," said Nick Hyde, Quins CDO.
Future Hope's rugby team is an Associate Club of Quins and play in the famous quartered jersey. Last season they won the Calcutta Cup for the first time and will be very keen to defend the oldest trophy in world rugby.
Coaches James Willcox-Jones and Julian Ayton will be travelling to India for the third and first time respectively, with the help of the Richard Langhorn Trust (RLT).
Willcox-Jones said: "With the help of the RLT I am able to spend eight weeks in Kolkata working with Future Hope, so I am really grateful for their support."
For further information on Future Hope, check out their website at www.futurehope.co.uk. For further information on the Richard Langhorn Trust, contact Polly Wiseman on 0208 410 6030 or check out their website at www.rltrust.org.
During week commencing 22nd April Harlequins will launch an innovative, new Membership Scheme which will replace the existing Season Ticket Holder Programme. Further details of the scheme will be announced in due course.