DIY SOS at Calthorpe Academy
Members of Kenilworth's 1st XV and Ladies teams came together to help build the children's play area for pupils at Calthorpe Academy, a school for children with complex learning needs. The project was facilitated by ex-military coaches and mentors from Fusion Community Initiatives.
As well as delivering a wonderful new facility for school pupils, the day’s activity was also an opportunity for volunteers to step out of their comfort zone. Many of the volunteers took on new challenges and learnt new skills while working alongside people they had not met before.
Picture caption: Former Leicester Tigers and England legend Tim Stimpson pictured with KRFC volunteers Helena Allison- Moore, Siobhan Allison Moore, Adam Turner, Samuel Went and Jai Purewal (Dan Carless also volunteered) and James O’Malley and colleagues from Fusion Community Initiatives team.
Chris McCartney, Assistant Head at Calthorpe Academy, said: "We’re really thankful to all our volunteers.
"Their hard work has opened up an otherwise ‘no-go zone’ for pupils and delivered an amazing outdoor space for personal development through play. We now have a lovely walkway and outdoor classroom in our small wooded area; not bad for inner city Birmingham!"
Kenilworth RFC's Jai Purewal commented: "Our rugby club has a long tradition of charity/ community support, not just in Kenilworth but also further afield, and is a Wooden Spoon Partner Rugby Club.
"As well as providing volunteers the club also raises thousands of pounds each season for a variety of charities and is a Wooden Spoon Partner Rugby Club.
"We are very grateful to our members, sponsors and supporters for all of their support. Today has been challenging but very rewarding and we head home knowing we have left a lasting legacy from our efforts for the benefit of pupils now and in the future."
The event was also attended by former Leicester Tigers and England legend, Tim Stimpson, who added: "Today has been great for me because I am an ambassador for Wooden Spoon and a while back I helped bring Kenilworth RFC on as a partner club.
"It’s great to catch up with Jai and others while doing great things for those who need our help."
To watch a video of the Wooden Spoon Project at Calthorpe Academy, please click HERE
For more information about Wooden Spoon and the charity's work, please visit https://woodenspoon.org.uk.