“A great team doing great things for local youngsters.”
Fylde RFC and Wooden Spoon, the children’s charity of rugby, have formed a new partnership to promote rugby on the Fylde Coast and raise funds for disabled and disadvantaged children.
In recognition of the launch of this new initiative, the Fylde 1st team will wear Wooden Spoon socks in the National One league game against Ampthill & District at the Woodlands on Saturday (ko 15.00). Wooden Spoon memorabilia will also be available in the Club Shop.
Wooden Spoon, an international charitable organisation which began in 1983, has a vision that “through the power of rugby every child and young person, no matter what their background, has access to the same opportunities”.
From sensory rooms, specialist playgrounds and sports activity areas to respite, medical and community care, Wooden Spoon funds around 70 projects each year that support disadvantaged and disabled children. Since 1983, they have distributed in excess of £24 million, helping over 1 million young people.
Locally, in Blackpool, the charity recently helped Highfurlong School develop a specialist outdoor play area costing £56,000. The Lancashire West Coast Wooden Spoon looks after the Fylde Coast and its President is Bill Beaumont. Spoon has contacts in all the local clubs including Thornton Cleveleys RUFC, Fleetwood RUFC & Blackpool RUFC.
The new partnership between Fylde RFC & Wooden Spoon will extend charitable efforts across the whole Fylde Coast through rugby and social events.
Fylde Chairman Andy Hiles said: "Fylde is a club firmly rooted in its local community as well as playing on a national stage. We are delighted to have Wooden Spoon as a charity partner. They do such great work in fund raising for disabled and disadvantaged children in the area. We share their values – passion, integrity, teamwork and fun – and look forward to working with them to develop various initiatives. We have become a member of Spoon's Partner Club Programme and this formal launch is intended to take this to another level."
Martin Long, President of Wooden Spoon's Lancashire West Coast branch, said: “Wooden Spoon is delighted to formalise and strengthen our already close relationships with Fylde. We have a number of ideas on building mutually beneficial activities which will promote rugby and directly benefit disadvantaged and disabled young people locally.”
The Fylde Rugby Ambassador, who liaises between Club and WS, is Dave Whyman, a familiar figure and a valued volunteer at the Woodlands. For further details please contact Dave via the Fylde Club office (01253 734733) or directly by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo: Fylde Chairman Andy Hiles (left) and Wooden Spoon Lancashire West Coast Branch President Martin Long (right).