Richmond’s Harlequins Rugby Club Foundation and the Duke of Edinburgh Awards (DoE) Scheme have partnered in a new programme to help disadvantaged young people to develop new skills.

This is a first for ‘Quins who are currently the only premiership rugby club to win a license to run these awards.

The Harlequins Foundation aims to help improve the life chances of vulnerable people, in the boroughs around the club’s Stoop ground, in Langhorn Drive, Twickenham.

Harlequins Charitable Foundation works alongside Premiership Rugby’s HITZ programme to support young people aged 16-18, who are not in education, training, or jobs.

Education Officer for Harlequins, Mark Kilgallon said “I am delighted that we are now able to offer the DoE’s award to the young people attending our HITZ Learning Academy”.

Mark explained “This presents a unique opportunity for (young people) to gain essential skills through a well established development award”.

Harlequins will be running the DoE Bronze Award. This Includes several tasks: physical challenges, new skills and volunteering. The programme culminates in a self-led, two day expedition, which will take place before the end of this year's season in June 2020.