Universal Tyres are proud to announce our support for Wooden Spoon’s Supporting Tomorrow’s Superstars campaign! Since the 1980s, the children’s charity of rugby has been dedicated to providing easier access to sporting facilities for children with disabilities or disadvantages from all backgrounds throughout the UK and Ireland.
In 2017, Wooden Spoon are embarking on one of the biggest campaigns yet. To enable more kids than ever before to get involved in wheelchair rugby, Wooden Spoon are aiming to raise £95,000, enough to buy a new rugby wheelchair for every club in the UK and Ireland. That’s an amazing 19 wheelchairs that will allow children across the two countries to get active!
2017 – the Year of Sport!
In surveys, 32% of Britons claim to have made a New Year resolution, with 33% of those respondents saying their resolution was to get fitter in 2016, something that’s likely to be repeated this year, too. For young people with disabilities, however, wanting to be more active may prove no easy feat. A gym subscription may cost you as little as £15 a month, but for specialist sporting equipment a £5,000 price tag may be attached!
It’s no wonder, then, that raising a child with disabilities is significantly more expensive than raising a child without disabilities – roughly three times as much, in fact. This is especially the case wherever sporting equipment is concerned. So while the Government notes that there are over 10 million disabled people in the UK, 770,000 of which are children, only 18% of people with a disability are taking part in some form of sport or another. By comparison, 39% of non-disabled people are involved in sport.
There’s no time like the present to start trying to turn things around. In 2017, Wooden Spoon hope to take the momentum of enthusiasm for wheelchair rugby built up at the London and Rio games and make a real difference.
A Rugby Wheelchair on Universal Tyres!
To help such a great cause, Universal Tyres are proud to be one of three corporate sponsors for the Wooden Spoon campaign. We’re going to be promoting the great work the charity does throughout the year, but to kick things off, we’re proud to be making a contribution of a rugby wheelchair ourselves!
Supporting Wooden Spoon’s efforts is simple: you can find out more about the charity and their efforts to open up the world of wheelchair rugby to more people than ever before by visiting their website, at www.woodenspoon.org.uk/get-involved/. Don’t forget to tweet and post a link to the campaign on your social media, too!
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