Dazzling Display at Floodlit Festival

Hundreds of youngsters shone under the spotlights during a series of floodlit rugby tournaments organised by Wooden Spoon Wiltshire, one of the charity’s newest regions.

Wiltshire’s Floodlit Festival saw a dozen under-12 teams illuminate the pitches at Royal Wootton Bassett, Chippenham and Trowbridge Rugby Clubs, culminating in a celebration final earlier this year.

The event has helped our Wiltshire committee raise over £5,000 towards a £50,000 target for a new outdoor learning facility at Rowdeford Special School which is based near Devizes.

Wiltshire Chairman Gareth John said; “The Chippenham event was postponed twice because of the weather, and although it wasn’t raining when it eventually did go ahead it was disgusting conditions! The kids got an hour-and-a-half of rugby covered in mud and they enjoyed it which was the most important thing.

“We wanted to create a tournament that engaged young players because they take on board the fact that, through what they are doing, they are benefiting children less fortunate than themselves.”

Each club taking part had a maximum squad of 18 players, with each youngster given a sponsorship form. The subsequent money collected by the competitors was added to by income from a JustGiving page to provide a welcome boost to the Rowdeford School project.

Such was the success of the inaugural Floodlit Festival the tournament begins in October 2016, expanding to two age groups of under 9s and under 12s. We are already looking forward to this year’s even bigger event!

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