The Wingate Centre in Nantwich is an independent charity that dedicate themselves to improving the lives of children and young people with physical and learning disabilities. Every year hundreds of visitors attend the centre for short breaks, activity days or recreational activities.
Here at Printerland, we wanted to promote the incredible work being done and are always excited to introduce new audiences to rugby so invited over 50 guests from Wingate to the recent Anglo-Welsh Cup match with Northampton held in the AJ Bell Stadium.
Spirits were high on the night of the game as Vicky Irwin, Sharks Community Trust Inclusion Officer, noted, “having the Wingate Centre’s clients and volunteers attend the game as Printerland guests provided a unique opportunity for them to experience a Sale Sharks game.’’ Many of the young people who attend the Wingate Centre are courageously living with disabilities that mean day-to-day life can be limited and so this large social event may have been stressful, however, having the Quiet Room facility at the AJ Bell Stadium allows individuals the opportunity to come along with the reassurance that this wonderful facility is available just a short walk from their seats”.
All at Printerland were truly overjoyed to hear that the group enjoyed the game as well as the opportunity to meet Sale Sharks’ Tongan star Halani Aulika , who is one of the Shark’s official disability ambassadors, and to take a photo with him on the pitch during half-time.
Catherine Cook, Marketing and Fundraising manager for the Wingate Centre, said “We can't thank Printerland and Sale Sharks enough for inviting us along to the match on Saturday. Everyone had a great time! We really appreciate the opportunity and we are looking forward to working with Sale Sharks more over the coming weeks and months.”
We are happy to hear that as the Shark’s Community Trust is developing a special partnership to begin a unique initiative to take their Disability & Inclusive Rugby programme into the area and to use the Wingate’s specialist facilities to help provide a range of activities for local disabled people, Printerland.co.uk can continually be involved in promoting the work the incredible people at Wingate Centre do, as well as provide opportunities for more.
Printerland MD Graham Vickers added “we have always loved being able to promote inclusiveness and to be able to see what this event meant for the people at Wingate was really our pleasure.”