Life is an uneven playing field.

We help level it out

We use rugby to help young people improve their well-being and make better choices when it comes to risky behaviour, education and their career paths.


We need you!

Give R160 per month to fund 2020’s programs supporting 160 learners



participants worked with across programs internationally



Of children in our school programs stay in mainstream education



Of participants rate themselves as more confident and motivated



Our donors & partners

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Unemployment, social exclusion and poverty is a problem among youth in South Africa. We are proud to support School of Hard Knocks in their endeavour to set up a life skills program that offers mentorship and personal development with the goal to increase school attendance. Their results will enable children to better their chances of finding employment or going on to further education
— Marie Dahllöf, Secretary in General of The Swedish Postcode Foundation.
We were so moved by what School of Hard Knocks is doing that we felt the need to contribute and encourage other corporates to donate too.
— Jason Timm, Sales Director and Founder of CloudSmiths.


Every Tuesday I learned new things. I did not know a job could become a career. I learned how to present myself, how to improve my CV and what an employer wants to hear from us. For example, I never knew that playing rugby would be helpful to an employer - coming in the rain and the wind, pitching every day is a good sign. I’ve started using my networks to look for jobs, and I’ve recently had a bit of part time work. I am hopeful that I will find long term employment soon and I am thankful that the School of Hard Knocks has prepared me well.
— Unathi, Adult Program Participant
Unemployment or temporary work is, unfortunately, a very prevalent issue at the rugby club and within Masiphumelele as a community. There are young men here with discipline, commitment and drive that show us that they have what it takes to connect with employers and thrive in their work but they are often disconnected from the tools needed to get a job - CVs, interview etiquette, how to speak about yourself. We are proud to serve our members by partnering with SOHK. If we can effect change in one person’s life here at the club, it’s worth doing.
— Darren Clarke, Masiphumelele RFC Club President
I want to extend a huge thank you to you and the organisation for allowing Vista High to be a part of the programme. I have been extremely privileged to have observed the coaches interact with the learners, and it and it really fills me with so much joy to see the learners having so much fun, especially the ones who are extremely troublesome when in a normal class setting.
— Charline Little, Principal Vista High School