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Wooden Spoon Society

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Wooden Spoon is a grant-making charity founded in 1983. Wooden Spoon funds projects across the UK and Ireland to support disadvantaged and disabled children such as specialist playgrounds, sports activity areas and equipment and community based programmes in the UK and Ireland. Wooden Spoon has regional volunteer groups across the UK and Ireland that organise fundraising events to raise money for disadvantaged and disabled children.


All the funds the regional volunteer groups raise stays in their own community and funds only local causes and projects. In November 2014 Wooden Spoon’s West Midlands region reached the £1 million milestone with their fundraising.


Wooden Spoon was founded in 1983 after five England rugby supporters went to Dublin to watch England in the final game of the Five Nations Championship against the Irish. The game was lost 25-15 and England finished last in the table with just a single point gained from their draw against Wales. After the match, in a Dublin bar, five England supporters were presented with a wooden spoon by their Irish friends. Accepting the gift, the England fans decided to hold a golf match to see who would keep the wooden spoon. When the golf match was held £8,450 was raised and the money was used to provide a new minibus for a local special needs school, Park School.

This was to be the first many Wooden Spoon charitable projects.

Wooden Spoon projects

Wooden Spoon grants funds to projects such as respite and medical treatment centres, sensory rooms, specialist playgrounds, sports activity areas, and community-based programmes. Wooden Spoon has funded many projects over the years. Some notable recent projects include:

  • £30,000 for a new building for ACE Centre Advisory Trust
  • £250,000 towards a new children’s hospital for Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital
  • £60,000 to Game On Glasgow
  • £40,000 for a redesign of the physiotherapy gymnasium at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.
  • £7,000 for a new soft playroom at Oak Grove College
  • HITZ

    HITZ is a programme supported by Wooden Spoon and delivered by Premiership Rugby that’s uses rugby to help young people back into education, vocational training, apprenticeships and employment. In 2012, HITZ received the Best Community Programme Award at the Sports Industry Awards, in recognition of the programmes success.

    Celebrity support

    Wooden Spoon is supported by numerous sportspeople who contribute their time and energy to raise awareness for Wooden Spoon. In addition, Wooden Spoon has strong relationships with a variety of clubs, league associations, governing bodies and corporate supporters.

  • Phil Vickery MBE - Wooden Spoon lead ambassador
  • Ollie Phillips – Rugby Union footballer
  • Tim Stimpson – former Rugby Union international full back
  • Gavin Hastings OBE – former Scotland Rugby Union .... and president of Wooden Spoon Scotland
  • Martin Johnson CBE – Former Rugby Union player
  • Gareth Thomas – Welsh professional rugby player
  • Jason Leonard OBE - English former rugby union prop forward
  • Graham Rowntree – former Rugby Union player
  • Sir Clive Woodward OBE - former Rugby Union player and coach.
  • Ian Robertson – Scottish broadcaster, writer and former international rugby player.
  • John Inverdale - English broadcaster and honorary president of Wooden Spoon Surrey
  • John Bentley - former Great Britain representative at both rugby union and league - Honorary Joint President of Yorkshire Wooden Spoon.
  • Wooden Spoon now has patronage from the four rugby home unions and royal patronage from HRH The Princess Royal
  • The trustees

    The Trustees are volunteers responsible under the charity's governing document for controlling the management and administration of the charity.

    The life president, Peter Scott MBE, is one of the founders. He was awarded the MBE for services to charity in 2002.

    Trustees include:

  • John Gibson Chairman
  • David Allen
  • Stephen Bellamy-James
  • Steuart Howie
  • Alison Lowe
  • Adam Mack
  • Mark McCafferty
  • Fiona Morris
  • Richard Smith
  • Martin Sanders
  • Nigel Timson
  • Bob Wall
  • Brian Whitefoot
  • References

    Wooden Spoon Society Wikipedia

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