• Marc Luther Thomas

Wooden Spoon Announced as Charity Partner for National Rugby Awards

Zeus Events is delighted to announce Wooden Spoon as the official charity partner for the 2019 Minis, Juniors and Under 18s National Rugby Awards, which take place at Twickenham Stadium on Thursday 29th August 2019.

The National Rugby Awards have joined forces with Wooden Spoon to help drive awareness of the charity’s work, which positively transforms the lives of disabled or disadvantaged young people across the country.

Since its inauguration in 1983, Wooden Spoon has helped more than one million children. Through the power of rugby, Wooden Spoon funds around 70 projects, from community programmes to medical treatment centres. All money raised through the new partnership will go towards Wooden Spoon’s projects which include creating sensory rooms and gardens, funding specialist equipment and facilities, building playgrounds and outdoor activities and education.

Adam Clayton, Zeus Events co-founder, said: ‘We’re delighted to announce Wooden Spoon as our official charity partner for the Minis, Juniors and Under 18s National Rugby Awards. The National Rugby Awards and Wooden Spoon share the same core values of passion, integrity, teamwork and fun and it’s a real privilege to help raise awareness and funding for such a worthy cause. We’re honoured to be working with such a renowned charity who are helping change young peoples’ lives through the power of rugby.’

Sarah Webb, Wooden Spoon CEO, said: ‘Wooden Spoon understands the positive power of rugby and that’s why we’re excited to be announcing our partnership with the Minis, Juniors and Under 18s National Rugby Awards. The awards recognise everything that’s great about the beautiful game and will help us drive awareness of the important work Wooden Spoon is doing through rugby. It’s important our partners share our values and with the National Rugby Awards, we have found a partner who core values mirror our own.’

Nominations are still open for the chance to win an award in the Minis, Juniors and Under 18s categories. It’s free to enter and all entries will be judged by an independent panel of rugby professionals before winners are announced at Twickenham on Thursday 29 August.

Editor’s notes:


The National Rugby Awards were created in 2015 to honour the achievements of every rugby club in the country and to celebrate the coaches, players and supporters for their dedication, commitment and enthusiasm. The National Rugby Awards recognises all those who contribute in so many ways to the great game of rugby in England.

This is the first year Minis, Juniors and Under 18s have been recognised with their own, dedicated awards. There are 12 awards up for grabs, including the ‘Spirit of the Game’ Award, the ‘Outstanding Achiever’ Award and the ‘Team Mate’ Award.


Zeus Events was founded in 2013 by former professional rugby players and brothers Darren and Adam Clyaton. Today, Zeus Events is a leading event management company working with some of the biggest companies in the world. Zeus offers a variety of different and exciting events in three main areas - Zeus Corporate, Zeus Testimonial and Zeus Cycling. Zeus Events are rights holders of the National Rugby Awards and Women’s Tour of Scotland.

You can find out more about Zeus Events by visiting: www.zeusevents.co.uk WOODEN SPOON

The woeful performance of England during the 1983 Five Nations Rugby Championship left an unexpected but wonderful legacy.

After watching their side condemned to the bottom of the tournament table with a 25-15 defeat to Ireland at Landsdowne Road, five England supporters seeking solace in a Dublin bar were presented with a wooden spoon, wrapped in an Irish scarf, on a silver platter.

Accepting the gift with good humour and grace, the group – which included Wooden Spoon’s now-president Peter Scott – resolved to hold a golf match to see who would have the honour of keeping the tongue-in-cheek gift. Just a few months later, the round at Farnham Golf Club in Surrey raised more than £8,500, with the money used to provide a new minibus for a local special needs school.

Stirred into action by a rugby routing, Wooden Spoon was born and we have been supporting disadvantaged and disabled children ever since. Since 1983, Wooden Spoon have committed in excess of £26 million to 700 projects, and our enduring drive to support disabled and disadvantaged young people has benefited more than one million lives.