HKRU Community Foundation

Our Vision

“To harness the positive power of sport to tackle society’s most pressing challenges and create positive social change.”


The Hong Kong Rugby Union Community Foundation (HKRUCF) was established in March 2013 with the aim of using rugby and the HKRU brand to bring about positive change within our community by tackling social issues.

Every programme which we support is addressing at least one of the following 3 social issues, which are aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

  • Inclusive Society
  • Education
  • Health

HKRUCF 2016 Launch Weekend

​ Inclusive Society

SDG 5 - Gender Equality

SDG 11 - Sustainable Communities

SDG 16 - Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions


Social inclusion is a value-based goal of how society could ultimately be – it is about people being able to realise their full potential and participate in society in the fullest sense.  Factors affecting inclusion include wealth gap, employment opportunities, ethnicity, gender, disability and health.


For those who are excluded from society, sport can promote a shared sense of belonging and participation and can represent a valuable opportunity for inclusion and support. The United Nations Sport Development for Peace International Working Group recommends that sport is included in government strategies as a way to build relationships, connect individuals to communities, and act as a communications platform for excluded populations. 

Inclusive Rugby

The Foundation has a dedicated Inclusive Rugby Coach sponsored by Ageas who runs programmes for students with physical and/or mental disabilities at 9 schools. The Chinese University Department of Social Work assist with course content, staff training and evaluation.



Bridging Divides

Supported by EY, this initiative focuses on building understanding and friendship between youngsters from Chinese and ethnic minority backgrounds, and also between Hong Kong and Mainland students, using a specially designed curriculum provided by international NGO PeacePlayers International.  There are currently 3 pairs of “twinned schools”;

  • Sir Ellis Kadoorie Secondary School & La Salle College
  • Buddhist Fat Ho Memorial College & YMCA of Hong Kong Christian College
  • Ng Yuk Secondary School & Songgang Experimental School (Shenzen)



Wheelchair Rugby

The HKRU is a member of the HK Paralympic Committee, who are supporting ongoing efforts to start a wheelchair rugby programme.

Don't Drop the Ball

This programme  was launched in 2008 in conjunction with the Police Crime Prevention Bureau, and there are currently local secondary schools participating in Kwai Tsing, Shatin, Tsuen Wan and Tai Po Districts.  Along with introducing the students to rugby, they are encouraged to lead a healthy lifestyle and avoid drugs, triads and crime. This is an officially recognized Youth Initiative for the Police, New Territories South Region.

Operation Breakthrough

The Foundation supports the rugby section of this police led charity that uses sport as a medium to help at-risk youth make better life choices.  Operation Breakthrough are also supported by the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation

Cape Collinson Correctional Institution

In August 2015 the Foundation commenced our first 8 session weekly training programme in CCCI, supported by the Correctional Services Department – this has now become an ongoing initiative, and in 2018 was expanded to Pik Uk Correctional Institution. 

Po Leung Kuk

The Foundation’s “Tackling Life” programme has introduced rugby to PLK youngsters in the residential care centre, learning centres and 22 primary schools – in total over 5,000 students. The programme stresses positive values and key life skills and is supported by Savills, Macquarie Bank and KPMG.

Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups

Supported by the Hong Kong Bank Foundation, the “Healthy Lifestyle Rugby Programme for Youth” is targeted at young boys and girls from Kowloon City, Kwun Tong and Wong Tai Sin Districts from disadvantaged backgrounds who normally would have little opportunity to participate in sports activities.

Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children

Supported by Societe Generale, the “Breaking Barriers Through Sport” programme is aimed at youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds, offering them the opportunity to participate in a cost-free sports activity.

ChickenSoup Foundation

Supported by Societe Generale, the “Chance to Play” programme supports this local charity’s ethos of empowering at-risk children by offering an opportunity to participate in rugby to kids from the more disadvantaged areas of our community.

Deaf Rugby

Supported by Standard Chartered, Friends of Asia and the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, this programme sees more than 40 deaf youngsters attend weekly training sessions, and since 1st October 2017 HKRUCF have employed a deaf coach.


SDG 4 – Quality Education

The UK Government’s  Department for Culture Media and Sport, has published evidence on the varied benefits of sport in education.

Key findings include:

  • Young people’s participation in sport improves their numeracy scores by 8% on average above non-participants.
  • Underachieving young people who take part in sport see a 29% increase in numeracy skills and a 12 to 16% rise in other transferable skills.

Rugby & English

The Foundation runs 3 programmes in schools using rugby as a medium to build confidence in communication in English by creating an immersion environment with sessions run by native English speaking coaches, and specially created syllabuses.  We partner with the British Council, who assist with the design of the resource materials, staff training, and evaluation.

Rugby English Action Learning (REAL)

The Foundation has been offering REAL with the support of the Education Bureau since 2007 to local primary schools. Over 30 schools each year participate, with a long waiting list!

Active Schools

Based on the success of REAL, in 2014 the Foundation partnered with the HK Elite Athletes’ Association to offer a combination of rugby and English annually to 30+ schools under their Active Schools programme. 

Tackling English

In partnership with the British Council this programme focuses on local secondary students, with over 20 schools participating annually.  Tackling English is funded by the Corporate Sevens, led by Savills, Macquarie and KPMG.

 School of Rugby

In 2013 Confucius Hall Secondary School became Hong Kong’s first “School of Rugby”, a Scottish Rugby Union programme that utilises both the sports field and the classroom to encourage youngsters to adopt positive life values. There are now a further 4 “Schools of Rugby” – Fat Ho Buddhist Memorial College, Hong Kong Juvenile Care Centre, Pui Tak Canossian College, and Sir Ellis Kadoorie Secondary School.

Hong Kong’s Rugby Spirit

This initiative, sponsored by UBS and Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, focuses on the 7 priority values that the Education Bureau have identified for Hong Kong students: “Perseverance” (Determination), “Respect for Others”, “Responsibility”, “National Identity”, “Commitment”, “Integrity” (Honesty) and “Care for Others” (Teamwork).  The course material was developed in conjunction with the Father Cucchiara Memorial School Principal, and has been endorsed by both the Education Bureau and Chinese University’s Department of Education.  There are currently over 80 local primary schools enrolled.


The Foundation has 2 groups on apprentice programmes – 4 Operation Breakthrough graduates are supported by Ageas, with another 4 from ethnic minority backgrounds are supported by the Kadoorie Foundation.  All participants are offered 12 month contracts with HKRU, and  during that time they receive mentoring and support as well as the opportunity to attend training courses, to help equip them for a future career in the sports industry.


SDG 3 - Good Health & Well-Being

Physical inactivity has been identified as the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality by the World Health Organisation.

Kely Support Group

The Foundation works closely with this local NGO who help young people facing drug and alcohol abuse to find their potential by equipping them with essential life skills.  One of their annual signature campaigns is “Save Our Sevens”.

Foundation Programmes & Sponsors;

  • “Active School Programme” with Hong Kong Elite Athletes Sports Association, HKRUCF initiative
  • “Wheelchair Rugby Programme” with Hong Kong Federation of Handicapped Youth and SAHK Elaine Field School, HKRUCF initiative
  • “Cape Collinson & Pik Uk Prison Touch Rugby and Referee Programme” with Correctional Services Dept, HKRUCF initiative
  • "Don't Drop the Ball" with the Police
  • "Breaking Barriers Through Sport" with HK Society for Protection of Children, sponsored by Societe Generale
  • "Healthy Lifestyle - Rugby Programme for Youth" with HKFYG, sponsored by HSBC
  • "Chance to Play" with ChickenSoup, sponsored by Societe Generale
  • "Tackling Life" with Po Leung Kuk, sponsored by Savills/KPMG/Macquarie
  • "Tackling English" with HKEAA, sponsored by Savills/KPMG/Macquarie
  • "Hong Kong's Rugby Spirit" sponsored by UBS
  • "Schools of Rugby"
  • "Apprentice Programme" sponsored by Ageas and the Kadoorie Foundation
  • “Inclusive Rugby” sponsored by Ageas
  • "Deaf Rugby" sponsored by Standard Chartered, Friends of Asia and Laureus Sport for Good Foundation
  • "Healthy Lifestyle Rugby for Youth" with HKFYG, sponsored by Hong Kong Bank Foundation
  • "Cape Collinson & Pik Uk Young Offenders' Institutions with Correctional Services Dept



‘To put the HKRUCF at the heart of the ‘Sport for Good’ space in Hong Kong, and use the positive power of rugby, and its community in Hong Kong, to tackle the city’s most pressing challenges and help affect social change.’

We have 500 ‘bricks’ available to purchase, ready to build the foundation of the HKRUCF.

Each brick is HKD$2000/year, available for purchase by individuals or companies, and of course there is no limit to how many you buy!

Brick purchasers will be entitled to:

1) Recognition as Foundation Ambassadors on the HKRUCF website2) Volunteer on any project supported by the HKRUCF3) A monthly bulletin outlining the work of the HKRUCF4) Invitations to exclusive ‘Foundation Ambassadors only’ HKRUCF events

HKRU Community Foundation Ambassadors

Ruth Benny, Top Schools Ltd

Luc J J Bollen, The Park Lane Hong Kong, a Pullman Hotel

Kim Boreham

Andy Brooks, M. G. Geraghty (Insurance Brokers) Limited

Richard Cooke

Jim Crockford

Nicholas George, BGC

Jim Hamilton

Peter Ho

Fai Kan

Garry Kemp

Roy Kinnear, Hong Kong Scottish Rugby Football Club

Kim Lam

Leung Yung Kit

Hans Loontiens

Henry Louie

Timothy Mallott, BGC

Robbie McRobbie

Graeme Morrison

Douglas Renwick

Nicola Roseman, Sai Kung Stingrays (Sai Kung Mini Rugby Club) 

Pieter Schats

James Swatton

Mark Webster, BGC

Get in touch

If you're interested in becoming involved with the with our Community Foundation please contact [email protected]

HKRFU Charitable Trust Fund – Looking After Our Players

The Hong Kong Rugby Union’s Charitable Trust Fund was launched in January 1993 to provide assistance to players in the Hong Kong community in two important areas – education and injury.

The first objective of the Fund is to help support the educational needs of local youths who demonstrate both potential and a high degree of interest in rugby. Each scholarship is tenable for a maximum of five years in primary, secondary or tertiary education, subject to the successful applicant achieving satisfactory academic progress and conduct in their school. For some of these youngsters the support of the Trust can mean the difference between being able to continue their studies and realise their academic potential, or having to prematurely enter the workforce due to financial pressures.

In recent years many graduates from the Trust have gone on to make their mark in the rugby community, including achieving full national representative honours, and there are a number of former Trust recipients who are currently in the Hong Kong men’s and women’s national teams. Last year the Trust distributed over HK$1 million in scholarships to more than 120 students.

The second aim of the Fund is to help players who have suffered injury, and because of the severity of the case or the personal circumstances of the individual there is a need for the support of the community.

If you’d like to make a donation please send a cheque payable to “HKRFU – Charitable Trust Fund” c/o KK Chiu, HKRU, Room 2001, Olympic House, 1 Stadium Path, So Kon Po (tax receipts for donations over HK$100 are available upon request).

The Charitable Trust has been granted tax exemption under Section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance -

Charity Ref: 91/3634


Charity Partner of the HKRUCF