Saracens - Foundation Newsletter: Trusts and Corporate Support Spring Update


Comic Relief

We have recently received the exciting news that ‘Comic Relief’ will be funding this incredible and life changing programme for the next 3 years!

The success of our grant proposal with ‘Comic Relief’ means we can maintain and build on our ground breaking project in Feltham Young Offenders Institute.

It is estimated that nearly £3billion is directly spent on the prison service each year with the average yearly cost to house 1 inmate to be between £33,000 and £36,000. Together with our partners HMP YOI Feltham we have been working in supporting young men through a coherent and structured personal development programme that utilises the strong values we have in rugby which are easily transferable into life (Work rate, Honesty, Humility and Discipline).

Results from the last 3 years of our programme has resulted in impressive. 92% of participants on our programme have not re-offended compared to 69.3% who currently reoffend nationally.

Steven (Get Onside Participant) spoke about the programme and said “The project helped to give me belief and direction, and taught me that I must be true to myself to achieve.”

Throughout ‘Get Onside’ participants engaged on the programme will receive Educational Qualifications, Employment Mentors and Guest Speakers, Post Release Mentoring and Support with Substance Misuse. This processes look to provide the young men with the tools and strategy’s to navigate them away from flashpoints that could result in a relapse into offending.

Juliette Kelvin, Fundraising Manager said “To have the successfully secured the funding from ‘Comic Relief’ is an incredible achievement we are so proud to be affiliated with ‘Comic Relief’ and to have gained this support from such an inspirational organisation. To have this 3 year funding allows us to focus and continue our support with the young men in Feltham.”


Trust Support


We are also grateful for the following Trusts that are supporting our Programmes. Without their support these projects would not be able to happen.


The Priory Foundation

  • Tag Rugby

Increases the number of primary schools delivering Tag Rugby activities to its pupils.


Creates sustainable structure and pathway for schools rugby across North London.


BBC Children in Need

  • Strictly Sarrie

A dance club for 11-18 year olds with autism and learning difficulties using dance as a form of exercise and therapy.


City Bridge Trust

  • Love to Move

A Multi activity project for over 50’s to encourage healthy and active lifestyles.


Wembley National Stadium Trust

  • disABILITY Sport Programme

Ground breaking sports club for those on the autistic spectrum and those with learning difficulties.


John Lyon Charity

  • Hitz Outreach Project

Weekly sessions on estates, parks and sports clubs to help engage young people at risk of social exclusion.


Corporate Support

We are fortunate that we have donations from the following corporate donors to continue our work;

Alan Day – Sarries RFC

  • A rugby club for young people with autism and learning difficulties

Allianz – Sarries Tag Festival

Everyone Active – Dance @ Wembley

  • 2405 (check number with Jess) Children aged 6-18years old dance pitch side to a live performance by one of the hottest acts in the UK. In the past 5000 children have danced at Wembley including Tiny Tempah, The Saturdays, Mc Fly, The Vamps, Pixie Lott and Foxes

Gemalto – Sarries at Home

  • A programme of coaching, working directly in schools to enable all young people to participate in tag rugby regardless of ability.


We are so grateful for our corporate supporters and look forward to working with them in the next year.