On Saturday 25th January, London Wasps' number 1 fan Sting was delighted to welcome over 1700 people to Adams Park Stadium, free of charge, to watch London Wasps vs. London Irish in the LV= Cup.
The free tickets were a part of London Wasps's Sting’s Free Pass initiative, which is funded through the London Wasps Community Foundation. Sting's Free Pass offered schools and their associated families and staff the chance to watch live cup rugby in a professional stadium environment.
Over 270 schools were invited to take part in Sting's Free Pass, with each school being chosen because they had received elements of the London Wasps Community Schools Programme since September 2009.
What is the London Wasps Community Schools Programme
London Wasps' committment to developing grassroots rugby is most obvious in the Club's Community Schools Programme. This programme see's a team of full and part-time coaches deployed to deliver Active, Purposeful, Enjoyable and Safe in and after school coaching sessions to state and independent schools within our immediate (Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Middlesex and Oxfordshire) and extended (South East England) community.
The coaching engagements at schools can be one-off, half-term or term long, and can focus on just Rugby, or on additional topics, such as Maths, Literacy and Healthy Eating. London Wasps also offer schools bespoke assemblies, teacher education workshops and support of school fundraising projects.
As well as the free tickets, London Wasps ran a prize draw for the two matchday mascot places, and the matchday ballrunner. We were delighted to welcome our mascot winners, Emily from Long Marston CE Primary School and Luke from Ascot Heath Junior School. Abhishek from Breakspear School won our matchday ballrunner prize, and delivered the match ball to the pitch before the game. All 3 winners had a fantastic time warming up on the pitch before the game, and running out at the start of the game.
After over 1700 people enjoyed London Wasps' LV= Cup victory over London Irish, we received the following feedback from some recipients of Sting's Free Pass tickets.
Mrs Bradley from Middlesex emailed Sting to say: "I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for the free tickets we had for last Saturday’s match. It was the first time that my daughter and I went to watch a live match and I have to say we were really excited to be there. Unfortunately due to the inclement weather, we were forced to leave early as we did not anticipate such bad rain and therefore we did not pack our waterproofs, we were soaked. However, despite this, it has not put us off returning to support Wasps who played very well."
@DamianPower tweeted @WaspsCommunity: "Great day today & a well deserved win. #Stingsfreepass"
Emma Hamilton-Barr, who organised a group Sting's Free Pass visit from Howbridge Junior School, Essex said: "Just a quick email to say thank you for organising everything for the kids on Saturday. They had an absolute blast, despite the almost biblical weather towards the second half and beyond lol. I know that they have are now massive wasps fans, many of which are now in the process of booking tickets for the Stinger in April."
One of our mascots Father's emailed saying: "Just wanted to thank you on behalf of Emily and my family who had an absolutely smashing afternoon at the Wasps v London Irish game on Saturday, please pass on my thanks to Ben who did a sterling job. Emily was a bit nervous prior to the game - now we cannot shut her up about her beloved Wasps! A fan for life."
Everyone at London Wasps hopes that the bad weather that blighted a large part of the match on Saturday does not put people off a return visit to Adams Park Stadium. We look forward to seeing everyone at another London Wasps game soon.