How We Work

Hearts & Balls was set up in 1999 and since then has grown in profile, financial capacity and impact on the rugby and wider community.

The Charity’s main object is to help players and families who had been impacted by catastrophic injury. Its assistance is usually direct financial help or advice and advocacy to identify and access funds from other sources. Over the years, however, Hearts & Balls has also developed expertise on issues such as the sourcing and operation of specialised equipment, when counselling for players and families is appropriate and effective, and now extends its support to those in the rugby community affected by serious illness or bereavement. In addition, through its wide network of individuals and organisations, Hearts & Balls is able to offer players and families access to an extensive range of professional expertise, knowledge and services.

While the treatment and care of those who have suffered catastrophic injury have improved significantly over recent years the need still remains for financial and emotional support, both at the time of injury and in the months and years which follow.


Hearts & Balls exists to help rugby help its own. Its main focus is, and will remain, the players and their families, impacted by catastrophic injury, bereavement or serious illness.

It operates across geographical, political and social boundaries and is not tied to any one country, rugby union or organisation.