Team Habana – Train to lead, lead to change

Team Habana 2017 

The Change Foundation’s newest programme Team Habana develops the next generation of young leaders through the values of rugby, using the philosophies of Rugby World Cup winning Springbok legend Bryan Habana.

70% of the Team Habana leaders are young women who have become role models for 100’s of children in their communities, breaking down stereotypes of women in leadership positions in sport.

Team Habana increases young people’s confidence and competence in a range of leadership behaviours for them to fully discover their leadership potential. This provides them with the tools to ‘give back’ 100 hours of volunteering in their communities by delivering or implementing their own leadership ideas.


Team Habana has two cohorts of 10 young leaders in London and Cape Town.


Young people aged 16-21 from disadvantaged communities.


Team Habana leaders are given group leadership training, one to one project development support, mentoring and take part in a leadership residential retreat. 

“I am a level one coach and currently play for the Brentford Ladies first team and have had the opportunity to be involved in lots of community football projects. Through this programme and being exposed to rugby I have been inspired to help get other kids from my community involved in sport and do positive things in their communities. I believe Team Habana can prepare me for a leadership role such as this. If one person can make a difference, imagine what a group of us could achieve.”

Sarah, age 17, first Team Habana recruit

Team Habana London – Year one report – November 2017