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Community Foundation Introduction

The charitable arm of Wasps; Registered Charity No. 1120904

Our Community Team aim is a simple one - "To educate, motivate and inspire people through the power of sport". With a community that has been defined as being from our Training Ground in West London to Chipping Norton RFC (westwards), Brighton RFC (southwards) and Milton Keynes (northwards), the Community team engaged with 125,000 people last season outside of our match days at Adams Park Stadium and has plans to expand our engagement to 150,000 people per season within two years and develop the programme portfolio.

Our commitment to our community is through long-term projects that contain a focused purpose and outcome. Our community benefit greatly from the activities and once the outcome has been achieved, the engagement vehicle of rugby allows us to further our aims of developing our brand and reputation while our Partners and Sponsors benefit from their investment.

We have become synonymous within our community schools for delivering Tag Rugby and Festivals under the projects sponsorships of Aviva, Mars In The Community, MBNA, and the NSPCC; while no half-term school holiday would be complete without the opportunity for young people aged 6 to 16 to take part in our CoacHclass Programme held at local community club venues.

"At Wasps we recognise the importance of our Community Programmes and the responsibility that we have as professional players and staff to be positive role models and ambassadors for our sport and our club. We are delighted that our projects reach so many young people and adults from all backgrounds in our community. It is important that we continue to generate new interest in rugby participation and sustainable support for London Wasps." David Young Director of Rugby, Wasps


Our community has joined us and shared in our successes; as our Community Team has displayed trophies such as the Heineken Cup, European Challenge Cup, Premiership Trophies and Powergen Cup during hundreds of visits to as many community venues and events as possible to display some of the finest silverware available in Northern Hemisphere Rugby.

Under our Community Rugby Manager Dave Larham, we have 6 full-time employees and 200 part-time coaches, and have identified that in order to grow we need to restructure and took the decision to form a charitable foundation. The Wasps Community Foundation will create an educational and sporting trust as a vehicle for the programme; buffering the work against the boom or bust of our team while building a regional and national profile that attracts new investment and unlocks new resources.

Our Foundation will focus on creating effective partnerships, forging links with a wide range of local, regional and national partners; striving to implement innovative, effective and high quality programmes that provide real value to their beneficiaries and help meet the objectives of our partners.

The Wasps Community Foundation Aims and Objectives are:

  • To help build a more active, inclusive and healthier community
  • To improve educational standards within our community
  • To help create a safer and cohesive community

Foundation Roll of Honour

  • Aviva and Premiership Rugby Ltd Aviva National Schools Rugby Programme Sponsor info
  • Land Rover and Premiership Rugby Ltd Land Rover Premiership Cup info
  • MBNA and Premiership Rugby Ltd Tackling Numbers info
  • JP Morgan Asset Management and Premiership Rugby Ltd JP Morgan Asset Management 7s info
  • ESPN and Premiership Rugby Ltd ESPN Masterclass info
  • Citygate Volkswagen Wooburn Green Van Centre Community Vehicle Partner info
  • Bucks New University Community Team Education Partner info
  • Constant Air Systems info
  • Wasps Supporters Club Foundation Business Partner
  • Rotary Club of Bourne End & Cookahm Individual Patron info
  • Rhino Rugby Coach The Coaches Programme info

Wasps Community Foundation

Aylesbury Rugby Football Club
Ostlers Field
Brook End
Weston Turville
Buckinghamshire
HP22 5RN
Telephone & Fax: 01494 531122
E: dave.larham@wasps.co.uk