A charity that is changing lives across Coventry and Warwickshire is set to be the centre of attention during Wasps’ clash with Saracens at Ricoh Arena later this month.
Wasps are dedicating their fixture against the Gallagher Premiership champions on Saturday 27 April to the Club’s charity arm, known as the Wasps Community Foundation.
The Foundation has helped to fund a variety of community-based programmes that have been delivered to more than 60,000 people across Coventry, Warwickshire and the wider West Midlands – and are urging supporters attending the game to donate any spare change to keep this support going.
Programmes benefiting from the Foundation include Move Like A Pro, which last year helped more than 100 men lose a combined 11 metres from their waistlines.
Others include Playing Advantage – a club that enables young people with disabilities to regularly play sport together supported by club partner DS Smith – which averages around 35 attendees a week.
The Foundation delivers the Wasps HITZ programme, which provides vulnerable young people with the skills to get back into education, employment or training.
Project Rugby aims to introduce thousands of schoolchildren from non-traditional rugby backgrounds to the sport and help their transition to a local grassroots club.
The Wasps Nest Fan Village will be open on matchday from 2pm until 4pm showcasing the range of community programmes that the Wasps Community Foundation supports, while supporters can also donate funds to the charity by entering a raffle to win a Wasps shirt signed by the first-team.
Déirdre Fitzhugh, Director of Wasps Community Foundation, said: “The Wasps Community Foundation has the power to make a difference to every single person’s life with the help of monetary donations.
“Whether it is a middle-aged person needing help in leading a healthier lifestyle, a young person in need of guidance on how to begin a career, or helping to bring through the next generation of rugby players, officials or supporters – the charity is here to serve the wider community.
“This is why we are asking people to dig deep to donate whatever they can at the Club’s home game against Saracens.
“We’ll have bucket collections taking place around the ground, and the players will be wearing Wasps Community Foundation t-shirts during the warm-up, urging people to donate by text.
“Supporters at the game will also be able to hear about the difference that the Foundation has made to people’s lives.
“This is the first time that we have dedicated a matchday to the Wasps Community Foundation, and we have plans to make it a regular fixture in the seasons moving forward.”