Ben Cohen

Ben Cohen BW

Stand Up Foundation

Ben was born and raised in Northampton. He began his professional career with the Northampton Saints and was part of England’s Rugby World Cup winning team in 2003, before successful years with France’s Brive and then the Sale Sharks. After the 2003 World Cup doctors discovered that Ben had 50% hearing loss. Ben suffered the loss of his father, who died in 2000 helping out an employee who was being attacked in his nightclub. "The pain and anger from my father's death gave me an edge on the rugby pitch. I don’t like to lose. Experiencing tragedy has turned me into one of the best rugby players in the world – still England second highest try scorer. Being a father has made me more focused too."

Since bullies tragically affected his family life he has steadily become aware of the effects of bullying on a number of other people and communities, while a significant number of his followers on social media were sharing their heart-wrenching experiences of being bullied themselves. He realised that something had to be done and that he could use his social platform to raise awareness and get the message out there that bullying must stop! To achieve this goal he set up the Ben Cohen Stand Up Foundation.