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Community Trust Scores A Try At Wigmore
Girls and Boys at Wigmore High School can now get in the scrum wearing the school’s first ever rugby strip thanks to a Trust Fund set up by Kingspan Insulation Limited, leading manufacturers of insulation products for the construction industry.
The fund, which promotes, amongst other causes, healthy recreation for young people, has provided two sets of the school strip, in gold and blue, which will be used by both girls and boys from Year 7 upwards; and has enabled the school to move rugby into centre field of the sports curriculum.
Bob Earl, Wigmore’s Deputy Head said of the award:
“We had no kit at all before this sponsorship from the Kingspan Insulation Community Trust and rugby was very much an extra-curricular activity. Now we have two sets which are used by the boys and the girls. The strips have given us an identity on the field and a stimulus to further development for our teams. We very much appreciate it.”
The girls team has got off to a particularly flying start. Local rugby club, Luctonians, which itself fields several girls teams, has been providing coaching for girls at the school. After only six weeks training, the girls’ teams from Wigmore gained both first and second place in a local tournament; and some of the girls are now also playing for Luctonians’ teams.
The school now plans to develop rugby as a sport and incorporate it into the curriculum and will be concentrating on Year’s 7, 8 and 9 initially. The award also allowed the school to buy post protectors for the pitch which they will install just as soon as they have some goal posts.
The Trust was set up to bring funding into the heart of the communities of Shobdon, Pembridge and Kingsland for projects which support at least one of the Trust’s four objectives: road safety, the healthy recreation for young people, environmental conservation and biodiversity.
John Garbutt, Chair of the Trust and a Director of Kingspan Insulation said:
“Twenty five thousand pounds were made available to the residents of the Parishes of Pembridge, Shobdon and Kingsland for applications made in November 2006 of which Wigmore High School were one, and such applications will be invited by the Trust twice a year.
“The application from Wigmore High School is just the sort of project the Trust wants to support. It is very keen to keep kids fit through active participation in sport and the Trustees hope they will have a lot of fun and success along the way.”