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Wooden Spoon Gloucestershire has hosted a succession of successful fundraisers and raised more than £500,000 for children and young people with disabilities or facing disadvantage within the local community.
Our annual dinners alone have contributed £150,000 worth of funds to local projects and, following its promising debut in 2013, our Rugby Club Golf Competition has become a regular fixture on the Wooden Spoon events calendar.
Wooden Spoon Gloucestershire are committed to improving the opportunities available to children in the area, through the power of rugby. This was perfectly illustrated at a ground-breaking round robin rugby tournament between three special education needs schools held at Longlevens RFC. The three schools were The Milestone School (Gloucester), Alderman Knight (Tewkesbury) and Belmont School (Cheltenham).
The tournament was put together by Richard Steward who runs the outreach program out of Longlevens RFC. Richard coordinated the tournament as the end of season highlight following a program of training at each school. The program was made possible though the efforts of Wooden Spoon, Longlevens RFC, Active Gloucestershire, Chamwell Centre and the three schools.
Richard, said: ‘The tournament was the perfect way to finish off the seasons training and as far as I am aware it is the first event of its kind in Europe with SEN schools competing against each other. It really illustrates the power of sport to bring people together.’
Wooden Spoon Gloucestershire Chair, Rob York, said: “Sport, and rugby in particular, can be such a powerful way to achieve social inclusivity and the recent tournament was thoroughly enjoyed by all who took part.
“It really makes you think about the huge impact this project has had on the special needs children that didn’t have access to play rugby before this project was in place, especially in a place like Gloucestershire.
“I have heard that fitness levels are up, confidence is high, and new friendships made which is what it’s all about. We are very proud of the children and pleased to be playing our part in the project.”
Wooden Spoon Gloucestershire are running the following events to raise funds for future projects and would love to see you there:
- Annual Quiz at Saintbridge Sports Centre on 13th May 2020
- Summer Ball at Hatherley Manor on 29th June 2020
- Cricket Day during the Cheltenham Festival July 2020 (date tbc)
For more information, contact: Helen 07766 027272 or firstname.lastname@example.org