Midlands Service Excellence Awards 2019

Date: 19 Mar 2019

Wasps are competing for silverware at a regional awards ceremony after being recognised for their community activities.

The club’s community team is shortlisted at the Midlands Service Excellence Awards 2019 in their ‘In the Community’ category, with the winners set to be revealed this Thursday at Hogarths Hotel in Solihull.

The awards recognise individuals and companies that provide high levels of service excellence across the region.

It comes after the club’s community team has engaged with more than 60,000 young people and adults across the West Midlands.

Outreach includes the club’s Project Rugby programme, where more than 2000 children have picked up a rugby ball for the first time through Wasps coaches going into 30 schools.

The Move Like A Pro initiative – which helps men over 55 to lead healthier lifestyles - has helped 106 men to lose a combined 11.4 metres from their waistlines.

Wasps’ Playing Advantage club, which was formed in 2017 for young people with disabilities, now hosts 35 participants every Sunday at King Henry VI School, and the club has also gone on trips to play teams at other rugby clubs, such as Saracens and London Irish.

Ian Isham, Community Manager at Wasps, said: “We are striving to help enrich as many people’s lives as possible through rugby, and to receive some recognition for this is well deserved for the whole team.

“We have a dedicated team of coaches who are passionate about making a difference to people’s lives, whether it is helping middle-aged people to lose weight, working with some of society’s most vulnerable children to develop their confidence and wellbeing, or offering an aspiring youngster some practical rugby advice.

“We have some exciting plans in the pipeline to develop the club’s community activities even further over the coming year, so watch this space.”