Supporting Future Hope

recycle your old rugby kit

Formed 35 years ago by ex-Park parent Tim Grandage, Future Hope is a charitable organisation which provides opportunity through its homes, school, sports and medical programme for some of the most vulnerable children from the streets and slums of Kolkata, India.

Rosslyn Park are currently collecting old kit (especially shorts and under size 9 boots) to support Future Hope – please drop any of your unwanted kit at the club during office hours.

Read a message from Nigel Rosser below: 

Dear All,

After years of being a Rosslyn Park Senior and Development Squad Coach, Minis Coach, and proud Nomad, I now find myself living in and helping out a British-run NGO in Kolkata, India, called Future Hope.

Formed 35 years ago ago by ex-Park parent Tim Grandage, Future Hope saves slum children, gives them a secure home, feeds them, and educates them – then makes them play rugby, which tough, feisty, hungry street kids from some of the most deprived areas in the world, absolutely love. They are also rather good, as is our fellow rugby NGO in Calcutta, Jungle Crows.

Many ex RPFC members have been volunteers at our base in Kolkata over the years and have been hugely enriched by the experience. So we’d also welcome and support any new gap-year Park players who want to come over to Bengal. It’s not easy, but neither is Richmond Park on a sleety January Sunday morning!

What we mainly would love right now from Park members is old kit, especially shorts and (under size 9) boots. And any seconds that sports manufacturers might throw our way would be great, too.

Nothing is ever wasted.

Dom and Cori will provide somewhere to store it at the club and eventually it will all be DHL’d over to Kolkata.

Best wishes,
Nigel Rosser