Wooden Spoon works with schools to raise funds to support children and young people with a disability or facing a disadvantage in communities near you. Join in with our Schools campaign; you can help by holding your own event, embracing one of our fundraising ideas, or selecting us as your Charity of the Year partner. We’ve got lots of options and are on hand to support you.
WEAR OUR SOCKS!
Our Schools campaign is an exciting initiative where students can wear Wooden Spoon O’Neills rugby socks for a match and help to raise vital funds for local children!
Andy Martin, Senior Partner Strutt & Parker who supported the 2017-18 schools campaign, said “We are delighted to be supporting Wooden Spoon, the children’s charity of rugby, with their Schools campaign. The simple act of wearing the distinctive Wooden Spoon socks will help many children and young people with disabilities or facing disadvantage in the UK and Ireland. We encourage all schools, colleges and educational institutions to join in and help to make a difference locally.”
Sevenoaks School first took on the challenge in 2016-17 and altered their sartorial style by pulling up their Wooden Spoon socks. Members of the school’s rugby and hockey teams raised £2,000 by taking to the field wearing socks sporting Wooden Spoon’s distinctive stripes. See how Sevenoaks School in Kent got involved.
In the 2017-18 season, some of the many schools “playing their socks off for charity” have included:
- King’s School, Macclesfield
- Millfield, Somerset
- Portsmouth Grammar School
- Terrington Hall, York
- Cundall Manor School, North Yorkshire
- Harrow, Harrow on the Hill
- Sevenoaks School, Kent
- Tonbridge School, Kent
- Caterham School, Surrey
- Wellington College, Berkshire
- Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital, Bristol
- Uppingham School, Rutland
- Falcons Prep School, London
- Latymer Upper, London
- Cardinal Newman
- Gordon’s School, Surrey
- Wisbech Grammar School, Cambridgeshire
- Llanishen High School, Cardiff
It was great to see the following schools wearing our socks at the 7s tournament; Rydal Penrhos School, Colstons Collegiate School, Bryanston, Canford, Sherbourne, St Benedict’s School, Bishop Wordsworth’s School, Exeter School, St Laurence School.
Not just rugby socks…
As well as playing in Wooden Spoon socks schools are also holding fundraising events. For example, Wisbech Grammar School who hosted a Dinner Dance in April 2018 and raised over £1,500 for Wooden Spoon. The evening saw three Wooden Spoon ambassadors, share their sporting success stories from Rugby Union and also life lessons from the sport and being involved in the charity. These included Tim Stimpson, who played for Leicester Tigers, England and the British & Irish Lions, and who also captained the winning side for the Wooden Spoon Arctic Rugby Challenge 2015. The other two were current England Women’s Rugby stars Harriett Miller-Mills and Justine Lucas, who both also play for Wasps RFC. They shared their stories of how they started in different places, but both ended up as Red Roses.
Rugby clubs are joining in!
Here are just some of the clubs who have held Wooden Spoon Sock Days; Alton RFC, Ashford Barbarians RFC, Aylesford Bulls RFC, Ballyclare RFC, Banbury RFC, Brockleians RFC, Camberley RFC, Dartford Valley RFC, Fylde RFC, Harrogate RFC, Hook & Odiham RFC, Lichfield RUFC Ladies, Sevenoaks (Acorns) RFC, Swanley RFC, Vigo RFC and others including members of the world famous Barbarians FC.
Ian Lindsay, Wooden Spoon’s Head of Business Development, said: “Who would have thought that the simple act of buying and wearing socks could capture people’s attention and raise a fantastic amount to help those who need support? We very much hope that other schools follow their example and get involved!”
Join in the fun and stand out on the rugby pitch in 2018-19 when wearing our Wooden Spoon rugby socks. Get in touch today to find out more.
Watch our video below to see how the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) supported us by taking part in our Power Pass challenge last year:
Get in touch today to find out how your school can make a real difference.