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The Story So Far

This is the story of how an idea – with passion, dedication and a huge collective effort – developed into the exciting and ambitious rugby charity we see today. And the journey’s only just getting going…

In 2011, Bhubesi Pride Foundation’s Founder, Richard Bennett, took a rugby ball – and a camera and camcorder – to Africa. A former teacher and passionate sports fan, Richard spent a year preparing for this reconnaissance mission, where he’d meet children, teachers, head teachers, rugby union representatives and government officials in 10 countries over 7 weeks.

The following year Richard led a small team of volunteers on a 6-month, 30,000km overland expedition from London to Cape Town, coaching 3,687 children in 22 schools, up-skilling 33 local teachers.

Since then, Bhubesi Pride Foundation has continued to coordinate annual expeditions, better and more impactful every year. The organisation – registered as a rugby charity in 2013 – is now building on its success and focusing deeper by supporting the development of selected community projects with the help of dedicated volunteers, donors and commercial partners.

We plan to positively impact the lives of thousands of children and hundreds of adults every year, providing life-changing opportunities for the communities we engage.

We often talk about ‘the journey’. It’s a fitting reference for the multi-faceted coaching expeditions we’ve facilitated over the years and how we can all learn along the way, from our preparations, our delivery and our reviews.

In all eight African countries in which we work, we aim to:

  • Enable a sporting chance for children
  • Empower local teachers and sports coaches
  • Initiate sustainable legacy projects and programs
  • Professionally develop participating volunteers from Africa and all over the world
  • Provide CSR solutions and meaningful opportunities for businesses, sponsors, strategic partners and donors who support the charity’s goals and share our values
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Participating children*

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Schools & communities*

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Local coaches empowered*

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Legacy projects †

*2018 stats / † initiated from inception

Annual engagement & activity

We’re introducing children to rugby, helping local coaches to progress sessions and develop programs, while initiating projects we can support and help to sustain.

2012201320142015201620172018
Number of schools/ communities22294650537167
Participating children3,6872,7632,9803,8533,3654,6614,351
% children returning to coaching clinics76%93%95%92%91%85%82%
Coaches empowered33105162183115186144
Legacy projects-112422

Join Our Journey

You have three incredibly exciting ways to help make an impact with Bhubesi Pride Foundation. Choose how you’d like to join our journey.

Volunteering Options

Volunteer

Coach rugby and experience Africa on our unique overland expedition. Volunteer and stay at our Malawi community centre, individually or arrange a group visit

Volunteering options
Sponsor a Project

Sponsor

Choose to sponsor any of the latest legacy projects we’re initiating or supporting and help us make a lasting impact

Sponsor a project
Make a Donation

Donate

Support the growth and sustainability of our work by making a donation today

Make a donation
Join the Expedition

Join the Expedition

Be a big part of the very special, and original, journey which has seen us earn universal recognition and inspire a global rugby community.

Join our next expedition