Support me as I climb the height of Kilimanjaro for School of Hard Knocks this summer. SOHK is a social inclusion charity that really matters to me because it delivers life changing programmes across the UK. 

As President of Tabard RFC I have initiated one such programme at Hertswood Academy in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire and working hand in glove with SOHK we are supporting students who are at risk of exclusion or significantly underperforming in their academic achievements.

Exclusion from school usually means exclusion from life and the programme at Hertswood Academy is helping young people re-engage with their education preventing them from drifting into the margins of society. 

The programme is in its first year of three and I want to raise money to ensure we can continue the ground breaking work that is being done at the school. As a long serving player and club volunteer I know that the game of rugby inspires a stronger sense of camaraderie than any other. 

Hertswood Academy students only started the programme in September last year but already the signs are extremely encouraging with the students really responding to the validation, motivation, and sense of belonging that is needed to get them back on track. Early results show a significant improvement in general behaviour, attendance and overall achievement points.

 To raise money in support of this tremendous social inclusion work at Hertswood Academy and to continue to improve the lives of these young individuals I am climbing 4000 metres over three days in Chamonix.


Please support me with any donation, large or small. This will give me the encouragement I need to tackle the barriers of age and exhaustion this summer in Chamonix.


Ross Hopcroft