The Richmond Heavies are the veteran’s side of the club.
The Richmond Heavies Foundation is a newly established part of the Richmond rugby family and was borne out of the premature deaths of three players closely connected to the Heavies within six weeks of each other in 2018.
As a result of this, a group of former Heavies captains wanted to raise the bar of what a community club should offer its players, coaches, staff and their families in terms of player welfare and family support.
Our mission statement is ‘Protecting Players. Supporting Families’.
It reflects our twin aims of helping avoid future preventable tragedies and supporting families immediately impacted by life-changing injuries or death.
We have established free cardiac screening to all players and coaches over the age of 14 and screened close to 300 people in 2019. The screening programme we have created will continue into 2020 and for years to come.
We offer a free confidential mental health support service to all players (over 18), senior, youth & mini coaches and the Richmond medical team.
This service is available 24 hours a day via: 0800 174 319 a confidential helpline, CLICK HERE for an advice portal, plus Thrive: Mental Wellbeing App.
We aim to assist families within the Richmond players community affected by sudden death or life-changing injury through access to counselling and ongoing support. Since 2018 we have established a sporting bursary for the children of the Heavies player who passed away and offered bursaries to local children to join the Club.
The Richmond Heavies Foundation is a self-funded charitable arm of the Club (governed as part of the rugby charity, The Atlas Foundation). If you can help, please do support us, as all donations go directly to the work we do.
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For further information, go to www.richheaviesfdn.org
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