OUR STORY

After 40+ collective years working with kids, we couldn’t be more excited to follow our dreams and share our love of education and play.

We really hope that you like what we are aspiring to provide.

CHRIS

Growing up in West Sussex, UK was very different to our life here in HK. I’m the second of 4 kids and spent the majority of my youth either in the pool or on a bike and generally trying to stay out of mischief.  I moved to Hong Kong in 2003 and met my girl soon after. We now have three little Eurasian babies, Jack, Georgia and Jessie who are just awesome!   I am so fortunate to call Hong Kong my home, first as an expat and now integrated into a Chinese family all of my own.

The opportunities in our country are boundless and I’m so lucky to be able share these with every kid (and adult) that I meet through our programmes.  I truly hope you like what we have done and that we can add value to your lives too.

Chris
Backyard Roots Founder 

EMMA

Hong Kong has now been home for over half my life – I love it! The mountains, the beaches, the ocean – I am forever exploring our wonderful city.  Always one for a new adventure, I’ve trekked across Iceland, NZ, to Machu Picchu and up Kilimanjaro (not to mention across the whole of HK too!)

When Chris first floated the idea of setting up the Backyard Gang a few years ago, it filled me with excitement – a great chance to re-create all the memories from our own childhoods, and pass them on to the kids here in HK!  I’m so proud of what we’ve already built and super excited to see where else we can go with it.

Emma
Backyard Roots Co-Founder

HELEN

Hong Kong has been home for 7 years now and I’ve actually known Emma for 7 years too! I grew up on a farm in Wales where I spent my childhood exploring the woods, making mud slides and building dens with my brothers. When Emma and I spoke about BYG last year I was so excited to become part of the team engaging little people and inspiring them to play and explore our amazing environment in Hong Kong.

During the weekends you will find me on the trails or at the beach with my husband and gorgeous one year old daughter. She joins us on all of our adventures over Hong Kong and I hope she enjoys discovering nature and the outdoors as much as I do!

Helen
HQ Manager 

SEAN

I have only been in Hong Kong for two years but fell in love with it straight away (how can you not?). Being able to walk from the bustling city to the harbour, mountains or beach in just minutes is amazing! I grew up in Southport, a little seaside town in the North West of England, where I spent my childhood mostly playing sport. When I wasn’t in school or playing sport, I was out exploring the nearby woods, beaches and sand dunes with my friends and family.

When I met Emma and heard about Backyard Gang, I thought what an awesome idea it was, providing a chance for kids to explore Hong Kong and just have FUN! When the opportunity to join BYG arrived, I jumped on it straight away and never looked back. It is an absolute pleasure to wake up and go to work with the incredible BYG team and watch all the kids grow and develop through our programmes.

Sean
Programme Development Manager