School of Hard Knocks
School of Hard Knocks uses rugby and other high-impact sport to help change behaviour and help people achieve what they want from their lives. School of Hard Knocks began with delivery to unemployed adults, and it remains the core of our work today. We are passionate about achieving our mission of empowering people to fully realise their potential and we deliver life-changing eight-week programmes to adults in challenging circumstances.

School of Hard Knocks delivers programmes aimed at pupils between the age of 13 and 16, who have been subject to exclusion in the past, are educationally disengaged or face possible permanent exclusion. The main reason for permanent exclusion is persistent disruptive behaviour, which accounts for a third of all exclusions, but we also work on causes like low confidence, poor self-control, difficulties with social cohesion and problems communicating effectively.