Jun 2018 – Wasps Community Foundation

Wasps Legends donate £2,500 to the Wasps Community Foundation.
Donation will help the club to provide a viewing/sensory room on match days for disabled supporters.

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 Wasps Community Foundation.

The charity promotes the education, motivation and inspiration of people through the power of sport in particular the advancement of education, the protection of good health both mental and physical and the relief of poverty, distress and disability or sickness and such other exclusively charitable purposes which are of benefit to our communities.

The small grant will be used to provide a viewing/sensory room on match days for disabled supporters with conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorder to accommodate their needs for a better experience. The club was approached by a member of the public who has twin boys, one of which has been diagnosed with Autism and the other is on a waiting list to be diagnosed, it became apparent that there are difficulties in bringing those with ASD to events such as match days and we Wasps need to find a solution to ease and improve their experience.

Genevieve Glover, Chair of Wasps Legends Charitable Foundation said of the announcement: “We are very pleased to be supporting the Wasps Community Foundation. Our support strengthens the relationship between our two organizations but more importantly will help those who need it to enjoy their experience when watching rugby. Providing a sensory viewing room where those with sensory difficulties can watch a live match, through a window and with some calming equipment to help with their sensory needs.”

Ian Isham of the Wasps Community Foundation added: “We would like to thank the Wasps Legends Charitable Foundation for supporting our sensory room project. We believe that rugby should be a fully inclusive sport so the opportunity to provide a facility that allows individuals with additional needs a safe space to be able to enjoy the Wasps match day experience. The Ricoh Arena is a fantastic facility and will be the first rugby stadium in the country to have a sensory room that is pitch facing.”

The full press release can be downloaded here. For more information visit the Wasps Community Foundation.

September 2018 – see how the launch of the sensory room went down with some special visitors.