In partnership with London Scottish Football Club, Game Changers uses rugby to help disengaged young people strive for success.
The programme works with students aged 13–14 referred from west London schools where they are at risk of exclusion at a vital stage of their academic development as they prepare for GCSEs.
Over an six-week period, the combination of regular playing sessions and classroom activities develops their confidence, motivation and social skills.
The students learn how to deal with their issues in an environment where they feel involved and appreciated.
Deutsche Bank volunteers provide support in the classroom as mentors and on the field as coaches.
Hard and soft skills that can improve their path in life:
Each excluded pupil costs society £300,000 (National Behaviour and Attendance Review, 2009).