Prince Harry visits Sported member The Running Charity

Last week we were proud to host the visit of Prince Harry to Sported-member The Running Charity, as he continues his public support of Sport for Development.


The Running Charity uses running to build the resilience, confidence and self-esteem of young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.


Those who follow this blog will know that The Running Charity is a long-time member of Sported and has gone from strength-to-strength since they were the beneficiaries of Sported volunteer mentoring in 2014 – securing charity status, expanding from London to Manchester, and most recently winning the corporate backing of ASICS.


Prince Harry visited The Running Charity at the Depaul homeless hostel in north-west London, which was opened by Diana, Princess of Wales back in 1995. Whilst there he sat down with Hamid – Sported’s London Manager, Alex Eagle – founder of The Running Charity, and his original Sported volunteer mentor Anas Hassan to discuss the charity’s growth, achievements and plans for the future.



This was followed by a 17 minute run through the streets of Willesden Green with Claude Umuhire, a programme officer with The Running Charity, and a group of young people from the charity.


Claude himself is proof of the power of sport to transform lives. Originally a refugee from Rwanda, he became homeless after dropping out of university. With The Running Charity’s support he went from sleeping on the streets to running the London Marathon, and has since graduated to become their first full time employee.


Chatting to the young people at Depaul, Prince Harry was keen to hear their stories and understand how running became the catalyst for turning their lives around. Afterwards he told his fellow runners: “You have all made the decision to go running. Now you are all ambassadors for The Running Charity.”


Hamid, London Manager at Sported, commented: “Sport for Development is an issue close to Prince Harry’s heart and one that he’s clearly passionate about and, indeed, has a detailed understanding of. It’s fantastic that we can continue to showcase the brilliant work of Sported’s members across the UK, and we hope his high-profile support of the sector will help to channel further support to groups like The Running Charity, which are making the difference in the lives of young people facing disadvantage.”



If  you have been inspired by The Running Charity’s success story, you get founder Alex Eagle’s top tips for growth in his Sported guest blog, available to read here: