Charities Join Forces to Deliver Funding Support for Disadvantaged Young People

Children’s charity Wooden Spoon has awarded £5,000 in funding support to Fernie Fields Sports and Social club through its Grassroots Endowment Fund.

Wooden Spoon is the children’s charity of rugby, funding often life-changing projects across the UK and Ireland to support children and young people with disabilities or who are facing disadvantage. The charity funds a range of initiatives, supporting around 70 projects per year.

The Wooden Spoon Grassroots Endowment Fund, managed and facilitated by Northamptonshire Community Foundation, aims to benefit grassroots community groups and projects that support disadvantaged young people under the age of 25.

Fernie Fields Sports and Social club offers a variety of sporting activities to its members, including football and bowls, alongside recreational and social activity spaces.

The club aims to provide a wider range of opportunities to children and young adults suffering from disabilities, learning difficulties and/or mental health conditions. Funding from the Wooden Spoon Fund will be used to install an accessible, artificial putting green, enabling the club to offer additional inclusive activities, giving disadvantaged young people the chance to integrate socially, develop friendships and increase in confidence.

Steve Tebbutt, Vice Chairman of Fernie Fields Sports and Social Club, said: “The £5,000 award will enable us to construct an artificial putting green. This will add an additional sporting activity that can be used at this community based club that caters for a wide range of user groups.”

Chris Fountain, Chairman of Wooden Spoon in Northamptonshire, added: “This project will enable Fernie Fields to offer an activity that everyone can enjoy. The sport is truly inclusive for all disability groups and allows the whole family to participate in sport together in a safe, friendly outdoor environment.”

Northamptonshire Community Foundation is the leading independent grant-making charity in the county, working with a range of fund-holders and donors to ensure projects make a sustainable impact on local need.

Peter Cox, Fund Development Manager at Northamptonshire Community Foundation, said: “We are delighted that the Foundation, through our fund holders Wooden Spoon, are able to support Fernie Fields Sports and Social Club to build a facility that will benefit so many children and families for years to come.”