ChildFund and World Rugby ‘pass it back’ to change children’s lives through sport

Pass It Back: World Rugby and ChildFund changing lives

World Rugby and ChildFund are joining forces to build a better future for disadvantaged children in Asia. Drawing on the intense global interest in the Rugby World Cup 2019, ChildFund and World Rugby will promote and develop the game of rugby, and support vulnerable children and youth. Funds raised will help young people from developing communities in Asia to learn essential life skills through the ChildFund Pass It Back rugby for development program, and assist with emergency relief efforts in disaster-affected areas in Japan.

View Photo Gallery

Press Release

New York, NY, 4 September 2018 — World Rugby and ChildFund have today launched a major international partnership to change children’s lives through the transformative power of sport, as part of Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan.

View press release

World Rugby y ChildFund hacen un “pase” para cambiar la vida de niños y niñas a través del deporte

Lea el comunicado de prensa

Coupe du Monde de Rugby 2019 : World Rugby s’engage aux côtés de ChildFund ‘Pass it back’ pour améliorer la vie de 20 000 enfants en Asie grâce au sport

Lire le communiqué de presse


How ChildFund Pass It Back works (English)
How ChildFund Pass It Back works (Japanese)

Case studies from the program View all

Coach: Truong

Truong is a 25-year-old coach from Kim Boi District. He graduated with a degree in mathematics from Northwestern University of Education....

Read more: Coach: Truong

Player: Oanh

In today’s world, there are 1.1 billion girls. They are full of potential but are often constrained by discrimination and a lack of equal...

Read more: Player: Oanh

Testimonials/endorsements View all

This is an exciting opportunity. We believe every child should have the right to play, which is why ChildFund’s Pass It Back program was originally established for children in rural and remote communities of Laos and Vietnam. These are children who face significant challenges around poverty and inequality. Well-designed sport for development programs are a proven way to achieve positive social outcomes, such as building resilience, youth leadership and gender equity. ChildFund Pass It Back helps young people to develop the skills they need to keep themselves safe in what is a rapidly changing environment, and support global efforts to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 16.2 - to end all forms of violence against children.

Frequently asked questions

ChildFund is a global alliance of child-focused international development organizations which assists more than 14 million children and their families in over 60 countries.

With a long-standing and trusted presence in many of the world’s poorest communities, ChildFund works in partnership with children, their families and local organizations to achieve lasting change, respond to humanitarian emergencies and promote children’s rights.

ChildFund implements programs to improve education, healthcare and child protection. It also delivers programs to build the resilience of children and youth, including sport for development – most notably the highly successful ChildFund Pass It Back program.

ChildFund Pass It Back is an innovative sport for development program led by ChildFund in partnership with World Rugby, Asia Rugby and Women Win that delivers an integrated life skills and rugby curriculum for children and young people in disadvantaged communities across Asia. With a focus on gender inclusion, more than half of all players and coaches are female. The program’s objectives are to equip children and young people in Asia to overcome challenges, inspire positive social change and ‘pass it back’ to their communities.

World Rugby is the international governing body of rugby union and is committed to the growth and sustainability of rugby around the globe, underpinned by the values of integrity, respect, solidarity, passion and discipline.

Linked to the objectives of its Spirit of Rugby programme, World Rugby recognises the important role rugby has in fostering societal development and has a proud history of leveraging the global reach of its showcase tournament, Rugby World Cup, to engage fans and support programmes which use rugby as a tool for positive social change.

World Rugby and ChildFund have been working in partnership in recent years to deliver the successful ChildFund Pass It Back program. Both organisations are committed to ensuring that Rugby World Cup 2019 leaves a lasting legacy in Asia – to promote and develop the game of rugby in the region, and to build stronger communities. ChildFund Pass It Back is a key component of World Rugby’s Impact Beyond 2019 Programme.

Funds donated in the lead up to and during, Rugby World Cup 2019 will help children and young people from disadvantaged communities across Asia and assist with emergency relief efforts in disaster-affected areas in Japan.

The ChildFund Pass It Back program will be expanded to support more young people in Laos, Vietnam and the Philippines, and will be extended to other developing countries in the region. Many more young people will develop their leadership and life skills through this rugby-based development program.

Children and young people will also benefit from other (separately funded) ChildFund programs in areas such as education, healthcare and child protection.