Donate Your Boots to Project Rugby

Date: 7 Oct 2021

 

You can join Dan Robson, Jacob Umaga, Paolo Odogwu, Kanyinsola Adefemiwa-Afilaka and Harriet Millar-Mills in donating your old boots at Sunday’s games.

The players have donated their boots as part of the Wasps Community initiative to help remove barriers to participation as part of the Project Rugby Programme.

Project Rugby is a key part of our community programme for the 2021/22 season. The aim of Project Rugby is to engage typically under-represented groups in rugby union, including participants from Diverse Ethnic Communities and Low Socio-Economic Backgrounds. The programme works with participants aged 14-18 so all sizes of boots are welcome.

Wasps Community Coaches are busy every week working in schools and clubs and have identified that one of the key challenges is that some players don’t have boots to play in, and in many cases are unable to afford to buy a pair. That is why we are looking for people to donate old, used or unwanted boots that we can then give to those who need them.

Wasps Community Rugby Coach Jasmine Hare said “We have been working with a number of schools and whilst there is a lot of interest in giving rugby a go, there can be some apprehension due to the lack of access to kit or boots. We wanted to see if there is something we could do to help, and it has been great that both our Men’s and Women’s squads have got involved. We hope off the back of this initiative that we will see more people confident to take part in rugby and hopefully go on to join their local club.”

Laura Redpath, Head of PE at Stoke Park School, commented “Working with Wasps has created a real buzz around the school. There is a growing interest in rugby, but we often get students who don’t think they can attend due to not having the right boots or kit. We think this boot donation will be a great opportunity to help make rugby more accessible.”

Players from Wasps Men’s and Women’s squads have answered the call and provided their boots and now we are asking the wider community to help us out too. To donate your old boots please bring them to the match on Sunday, we will have a donation point in the fan zone.

The Coventry Building Society Arena hosts a double-header of Rugby on Sunday, as Wasps Men take on Northampton Saints, before Wasps Women entertain Gloucester-Hartpury Women.

Sunday 10 October will be our 999 Emergency Services Day, with a Fan Zone in Car Park D from 12:30-3pm with Emergency Services vehicles on display, a police dog troupe display, a face painter and DJ.

There will also be the opportunity to get your hands on some merchandise from Odogwu and Umaga’s clothing brand Composure Club. While Odogwu’s custom made NHS boots will be auctioned off in the Premier Club to raise money for NHS Charities.

To find out more about Project Rugby please email community@wasps.co.uk 

For more information about the day please click here

Fans can enjoy both matches of the double-header at the Coventry Building Society Arena from just £17 for adults and from £2 for under 11s in certain areas of the ground.

Tickets are available online by clicking here or by calling the Wasps Ticket Office on 02476 786 411.

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