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Wooden Spoon

In the UK, Goodman Foundation partnered with Wooden Spoon, a charity founded in 1983 that is dedicated to helping underprivileged children and young people all over the UK and Ireland to live happier, richer lives. Wooden Spoon harnesses the spirit and values of rugby to give disadvantaged children and young people in the UK and Ireland a chance to achieve their full potential in life. The Goodman Foundation funded “Try Hard!” initiative.

Try Hard! is a programme that aims to deliver a long term solution to reduce the number of young people from the most socially challenging areas in the UK falling into long term unemployment or a life of crime. To deliver this programme, Wooden Spoon partners with the YMCA and selected rugby delivery bodies (National Governing Bodies and professional rugby clubs) to engage and recruit disadvantaged and disillusioned, NEET young people (aged between 16 and 19 who are Not in Education, Employment or Training) onto a unique education and training opportunity. The project supports the beneficiaries with effective classroom learning, helping them to grow in confidence and supporting them as they look to re-engage with society to develop a brighter future for themselves and for society.

Under the Goodman good+heart programme the UK team have also participated in several grueling events to help raise funds and profile for Wooden Spoon including the Four Peaks Challenge (climbing four mountains across England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland in 48 hours) and cycling over 700 miles across 14 of the 27 business parks that Goodman owns, develops and manages, covering the length and breadth of the country. The route commenced at Edinburgh Broadway and concluded at Solent Business Park in Hampshire three weeks later. 

Please visit the Wooden Spoon website for more information.