Wooden Spoon has been announced as the Official Charity Partner for Rugby League World Cup 2013 in England and Wales that will see the children’s charity use funds raised during the competition to develop a legacy within the sport’s community, which will benefit disadvantaged young people throughout Britain.
The World Cup kicks off at the Millennium Stadium with its Opening Ceremony on 26th October.
Sally Bolton, RLWC2013 general manager said: ‘We are delighted to be partnering with Wooden Spoon. RLWC2013 is building to be fantastic for both England and Wales and it’s great to have a community-focussed charity on board to ensure all the local people involved feel the benefit of hosting such an event.’
RLWC2013 ambassador Gareth Thomas - who represented Wales in both codes of rugby - joined Wooden Spoon ambassador Shaun Edwards to announce the partnership at Trinity Fields School and Resource Centre in South Wales, a beneficiary of Wooden Spoon.
Thomas said: ‘When world cups come about, everyone across the globe takes notice. It’s the chance to create a legacy for the sport in Wales, particularly with the opening ceremony in the Millennium Stadium which may be the greatest show rugby league has seen with.’
As part of the partnership, Wooden Spoon have provided a grant of £80,000 to the £1million RLWC2013 Dance Programme which will involve hundreds of disadvantaged and disabled young people who will perform at the opening and closing ceremonies as well as throughout the tournament.
Wooden Spoon celebrates its 30th year this year and - inspired by its rugby heritage – has so far benefited over one million young people.
In 2009 the RFL became a patron and have worked alongside Wooden Spoon on community programmes aimed at significantly improving the lives of 16-19 year olds who are currently not in education, employment or training.