LMAX Exchange Everest Rugby Challenge

Take your game to new heights

Wooden Spoon is taking on its toughest challenge yet in April 2019; tackling Mount Everest where we will attempt to break TWO Guinness World Records:

  1. The highest altitude game of full contact rugby sevens (single gender)
  2. The highest altitude game of touch rugby (mixed gender)

The LMAX Everest Rugby Challenge in partnership with Wooden Spoon aims to raise a minimum of £200,000 which will go towards funding projects that support children and young people with disabilities and facing disadvantage across the UK & Ireland.

24-day challenge

The North side of Everest is steeped in the history of the early attempts to climb Everest by George Mallory and his team. It forms a magnificent arena to stage the world’s highest rugby matches!

The “pitch” seen in the centre of the photograph (below) is sandwiched between Lhakpa Ri (7,045m) and Everest (just off the right of the photo). The trek up to North Advanced Base Camp takes you far beyond the normal Base Camp trek, and offers the most spectacular views of Everest and its North Face.

Everest challenge 'the pitch'

At this height, you will be just over one vertical mile directly below Everest’s inspiring windswept summit.

Our challengers will undertake a 24-day trip that culminates in the Guinness World Record attempt on days 18-19. To see in detail what they are up to and follow their progress please see the Everest Rugby Challenge Itinerary.

Why are we doing this?

In the last year more than 150,000 children have been supported through Wooden Spoon projects worth over £1m. However, research shows that 1 in 10 children in the UK and Ireland have a disability and there are 3.5 million children in the UK living in poverty.

These numbers continue to rise and more and more children need our help.

Our vision is that through the power of rugby, every child and young person, no matter what their background has access to the same opportunities.

You can help

Contact us if you would like to find out more about becoming a:

  • Charity projects sponsor
  • Event partner
  • Official partner
  • Media partner
  • Signing up as an Individual challenger

Places are going fast.  Half of the available 30 places have already been reserved.  To register your interest email Juliette Gillard on jgillard@woodenspoon.org.uk, call or message her on 07718 078657.

Payment details: WorldPay link for Challengers initial deposit – Wooden Spoon Everest Rugby Challenge

Show your support

You can help the Challengers in a variety of ways:

  • Support their fundraising (The Challengers)
  • Climb your own Everest (coming soon)
  • Raise Awareness (Everest Blog coming soon)
  • Follow us on social media #everestrugby #helpingkidsthroughrugby

To find out how you can ‘Take your Game to New Heights’ email Juliette Gillard on jgillard@woodenspoon.org.uk