Todd Burge, 22, has had his life changed through the support from Bath Rugby Foundation and now is a part of Bath Rugby club, helping Kit Manager, and Bath Rugby legend, Steve Middleton every week at Farleigh House.

This weekend, Todd's story will be highlighted at Bath Rugby's dedicate Foundation fixture against Gloucester Rugby.

Todd is testament to the brilliant work we do here at the Foundation, demonstrating just how our programmes can change lives and build confidence. 

"My name is Todd Burge. Although I have learning disabilities I work and live an independent life thanks to Bath Rugby Foundation. 

"I am proud to say the Foundation has changed my life. My mum left me when I was very young and for many years I was bullied for being different. 

"I even ate my lunch alone in the toilet cubicle to stop other children from picking on me and stealing my food. It was such a struggle at school and didn’t pass any exams. 

"Making friends was always hard, I was sad at home and school was hell. Then Bath Rugby Foundation came into my life, and everything changed. 

"I started at the Foundation after-school clubs when I was 13, and this is where I finally felt accepted and made friends."

"At the age of 17 I joined their Alternative Learning Hub where I gained important qualifications, and for the first time learned how to ride a bike! What followed was a mind-blowing opportunity to join other students and business mentors on the Andes (cycling) Challenge. I’d never left Bath and was more nervous about getting on a plane than cycling through the South American mountains! 

"Another highlight was becoming the first captain of the Walcot Warriors Mixed Ability rugby team — another achievement I owe to the support and belief of everyone at the Foundation. Now as a 22-year-old adult, I am proud to help educate and train other people on the importance of inclusion. 

"The foundation has taught me how to play rugby, care for myself, make friends, win awards, and believe in my own future and potential."

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