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WLCF small grant awarded to The AHOY Centre

4th July 2018

WLCF small grant awarded to The AHOY Centre
  • Wasps Legends donate £2,500 to the AHOY Centre.
  • Donation will support a flagship grant to help several young disabled individuals to become active and involved in sports.

Wasps Legends Charitable Foundation, the past players network of Wasps, men and women, amateur and professional announced today that they have issued a small grant award of £2,500 to the AHOY Centre.

The AHOY Centre is a distinctive and inclusive charity which uses the thrill and positive influence of sailing, rowing and water based activities to create life changing opportunities for disadvantaged young people and disabled people. Now in their 15th year, the charity has helped over 14,000 people to benefit from watersports activities not usually accessible in this part of London. Sailing and rowing is the "medium” used to increase learning, life-skills and aspirations i.e. self-confidence, team working, leadership and DIY skills.

The £2,500 donation will fund the purchase of much needed VHF Radios, which will support the communications between the shore base and the safety boats who accompany all the Dinghies (AHOY’s Sailing boats) and Waterman Cutters (AHOY’s Rowing Boats) whilst out on the tidal River Thames. This important equipment will help the AHOY Centre continue to be able offer the activities and session to participants as per the requirements of the River Authorities.

Clive Ongley MBE Founder & CEO of the AHOY Centre said of the donation We are very grateful for the wonderful support from the WASPS Legends Charitable Foundation. We are passionate about helping people to succeed and for our young people to secure futures and careers they can be proud of.

Through your support we can continue to help disadvantaged, vulnerable and disabled young people who just need a chance in life. Please thank everyone involved and please tell them that through their support they have helped us to continue to change people’s lives.”

Genevieve Glover, Chair of Wasps Legends Charitable Foundation said of the announcement: "We are very pleased to be supporting the AHOY Centre. It is fantastic that watersports can be accessible to disadvantaged and disabled young people in the centre of London. Not only do the activities and programmes provide enjoyment to all those that participate but provide focus on teaching transferable and employable skills.”

The full press release can be downloaded here. For further information visit The AHOY Centre.

The whole of the Wasps legends squad epitomised everything rugby stands for - community spirit, great banter, competition on the pitch and the making of some lasting friendships.