Wasps Academy link up with Serge Betsen Academy

The Serge Betsen Academy will become the Wasps Academy's official charity partner and both are hoping to raise over £20,000 with some events in the next couple of months.  

Academy players Will Porter and James Seabrook met Serge Betsen earlier this month. The pair had to pitch to him and his Charity board members their ideas on how they could support the charity.

The partnership will officially start with Serge Betsen coming to give a presentation to the Wasps Academy players about his charity and the 63-cap-French-international will take part in a coaching session with the Academy players on Monday 16th November.

Serge Betsen Academy (SBA) was created in 2004, to introduce rugby to underprivileged children in Cameroon and to use rugby to teach values and standards to help children build their own future. Alongside this, SBA supports the children’s education and provide access to basic healthcare.

Betsen said: “The appeal of rugby lies in its ability to bring people from various backgrounds together. So far we have helped hundreds of children and helped respond to some difficult medical situations. We have put a roof over children’s heads, drilled wells and built a water tower providing clean water for two villages.

“We currently have five centers in Cameroon and help around 500 children. We hope to help many more and we aim to provide access to simple but essential things like food, clothing, shoes, books, medical treatment as well as places to play and exercise.

“As a former Wasps player, I’m glad to see so many young adults in the Academy, with the values I share and with the aid of the charity we try to instil those values in the children in Cameroon through rugby. I’m really pleased we are able to build a relationship between Wasps Academy and Serge Betsen Academy.”