Our History


The woeful performance of England during the 1983 Five Nations Rugby Championship is where the story of our history begins.

After watching their side condemned to the bottom of the tournament table with a 25-15 defeat to Ireland at Landsdowne Road, five England supporters seeking solace in a Dublin bar were presented with a wooden spoon, wrapped in an Irish scarf, on a silver platter.

Accepting the gift with good humour and grace, the group – which included Wooden Spoon’s President Peter Scott – resolved to hold a golf match to see who would have the honour of keeping the tongue-in-cheek gift.

Just a few months later, the round at Farnham Golf Club in Surrey raised more than £8,500, with the money used to provide a new minibus for a local special needs school.

Stirred into action by a rugby routing, Wooden Spoon was born. Since then, we have been supporting children with disabilities, or facing disadvantage.

Get in touch today via our contact form or email charity@woodenspoon.org.uk.