Inspiring new attitudes

Being excluded from school can be the beginning of long-term failure and marginalisation.

In partnership with London Scottish Football Club, Game Changers uses rugby to help disengaged young people strive for success.

How it works

Game Changers uses rugby to turn around negative attitudes and disruptive behaviour.

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 eight-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.

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What people are saying


Game Changers works intensively with students over an eight-week period.


92% of participants feel proud for completing the course.

Inspiring young people through sport.

What they learn

Hard and soft skills that can improve their path in life:

  • personal responsibility
  • self-esteem
  • respect for others
  • communication
  • trust
  • how to deal with conflict
Price of failure

Each excluded pupil costs society £300,000 (National Behaviour and Attendance Review, 2009).

Latest News
April 01, 2013Deutsche Bank inspires young people to re-engage with learning through Game Changers
The first students graduate from the programme, with help from a Deutsche Bank volunteer who knows a thing or two about rugby. Read more

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Last Update: December 13, 2013
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