Wooden Spoon

Date published: Monday, September 23, 2013

Wooden Spoon, the children’s charity in its 30thyear of operation, has been announced as the Official Charity Partner for Rugby League World Cup 2013 (RLWC2013) in England and Wales.

The charity will return funds raised during RLWC2013 – which starts at the Millennium Stadium with its Opening Ceremony on October 26th – to develop a long-term legacy within the Rugby Football League (RFL) community which will benefit disadvantaged young people throughout Britain.

Sally Bolton, RLWC2013 General Manager said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Wooden Spoon. RLWC2013 is building to be fantastic for both England and Wales and it’s great to have a community-focussed charity on board to ensure all the local people involved feel the benefit of hosting such an event.”

RLWC2013 ambassador Gareth Thomas joined Wooden Spoon ambassador Shaun Edwards to announce the partnership at Trinity Fields School and Resource Centre in South Wales, a beneficiary of Wooden Spoon.

Thomas said: “When world cups come about, everyone across the globe takes notice. It’s the chance to create a legacy for the sport in Wales, particularly with the opening ceremony in the Millennium Stadium which may be the greatest show rugby league has ever seen.”

Edwards added: “Wooden Spoon transforms young peoples’ lives through the power of rugby. This partnership is a great opportunity to really cement Wooden Spoon as the charity of rugby.”

As part of the partnership, Wooden Spoon has provided a grant of £80,000 to the £1million RLWC2013 Dance Programme which will involve hundreds of disadvantaged and disabled young people who will perform at the opening and closing ceremonies as well as throughout the tournament.

Steve Holt, CEO of Wooden Spoon, said: “It is a great honour for Wooden Spoon during our 30thanniversary year to be recognised as the Official Charity for RLWC2013 which promises to be a fantastic sporting event as part of a spectacular decade for British Sport.”