Helping Hands, Building Futures


In October 2014 Right To Play and PokerStars launched a partnership to drive transformational change for children and communities around the world.

Through their 'Helping Hands' corporate giving programme, PokerStars, together with their staff and customers will have donated more than £1.5m by the end of 2018. This is invaluable support to help Right To Play's work educating and empowering over one million children to overcome the effects of poverty, conflict and disease using sport and play.

The partnership has supported Right To Play's work with volunteer coaches who lead children in specially designed games and activities to teach them key life skills. The coaches become trusted mentors and role models to the children and it is thanks to their dedication and expertise that we have been able to reach some of the most inaccessible and vulnerable children. 

Through PokerStars' continued support Right To Play will be able to deliver high impact programmes for children. This includes building on its play-based approach in the classroom to help engage children in their core academic studies such as maths, science and literacy, and to drive up the quality of education.

Not every child has the opportunity of a quality education. There are 58 million school-aged children who do not go to primary school. By making play part of the school day, we are improving enrolment and attendance.

Sue Hammett, Head of Corporate Giving for PokerStars, said: "Right To Play makes such a positive impact to so many children around the world and PokerStars is incredibly proud to be able to support their valuable work. Using play to educate and empower is a philosophy that our players and staff really believe in."

In October 2016 Right To Play and PokerStars agreed a two year partnership extension until October 2018. Neil Child-Dyer, Partnerships Manager, said of the partnership: "We're excited to continue to work with PokerStars, their staff, Team Pros and customers to deliver innovative fundraising activities which will help make a profound difference to children's lives".

Partnership highlights:

  • March 2015 - Right To Play becomes the official charity partner for PokerStars' EPT live events, with the first tournament in Malta raising 15,000 euros. Since then the charity tournaments have raised over £60,000.
  • September 2015 - PokerStars Team Pros Jake Cody and Fatima de Melo and staff visited Right To Play programmes in Uganda taking part in coach training. You can see a video from the trip to Uganda here.
  • PokerStars customers have supported Right To Play throughout the partnership by donating their StarsCoin points raising over £17,000 to date.
  • May 2016 - PokerStars sponsored the inaugural Right To Play Sports Quiz in London, which raised over £124,000 for Right To Play. You c​an see a highlights clip here.​
  • October 2016 - PokerStars staff and Right To Play Athlete Ambassador Mike Tindall visit Right To Play programmes in Ghana seeing first-hand the impact of their support. You can read a blog from their experiences here.



Get involved

There are lots of ways to support Right To Play’s work, here are just a few:

  1. Make a one off or regular donation to help us to improve the lives of children in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the world. Just £30 could allow a child to tak e part in weekly play-based education for a year.

  2. Join Team Right To Play, our network of challenge event supporters, and keep more children safe with every mile you run, cycle or swim.

  3. Learn more about Right To Play's work here.

  4. Follow us on social media and sign up to Right To Play's monthly e-newsletter.

  5. Look out for Right To Play charity tournaments at the PokerStars Championships, as well as online tournaments on

Contact us​

​For more information on the PokerStars partnership or to find out how your company can work with Right To Play please contact:​

Neil Child-Dyer, Partnerships Manager​

P + 44 (0) 203 752 5649 ​​​​​​