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SOHK for Schools is a unique three-year intervention that uses rugby coaching, classroom sessions and mentoring to improve attendance and behaviour at school. Our ultimate aim is to help at-risk children avoid permanent exclusion. 

What is the need for SOHK for Schools?

*Statistics from Department of Education (2016/17)

IPPR estimates that the average cost to society of an excluded student is £371,000, through unemployment, poor health, criminal activity and poor quality care for dependents.

SOHK for Schools is designed to help students stay in mainstream education and avoid these potentially devastating consequences. 

What do we do?

We work with children in year 9, who are disengaged from education, have poor behaviour or who find school difficult due to difficult personal circumstances. We use rugby coaching and mentoring every week of the school year, beginning the programme during school time and then we run after-school sessions during the crucial GCSE years.

Our coaches teach the game of rugby union and use SOHK’s unique psychology and values-led approach to teach character and positive attitudes. We make sure the same staff work with the same children every week, to enable a consistent intervention with children who might otherwise become NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training). 

This on-pitch activity is underpinned by a variety of off-field mentoring, whether that is one-to-one mentoring of students, managed conversations with the schools’ pastoral staff or even accompanying students in lessons to provide focus and support with challenges such as giving presentations or completing written work.

At the end of the school year, we offer a ‘trip of a lifetime’, to reward students who have reached their behaviour, attendance and attainment targets. 

"SOHK has helped me a lot with my confidence and it has helped me talk to people more easily. I really like the fact that we can have a joke with the coaches. They give us a lot of praise when we do well so I always feel good about myself." Eva, 14-South London 

"I feel different, happy different since joining SOHK" Kendall, 15 - Scotland 

"I've been a completely different person in school and at home. I've calmed down a lot." Jahmal, 15 - East London


If you're a parent, teacher or guardian and would like to get your child involved in one of our life-changing programmes, please get in contact with us at [email protected]