Northampton Saints legend Tom Wood has joined the Foundation as our third Player Ambassador, and will work alongside teammates Harry Mallinder and James Grayson to support our fundraising and programmes.
Tom has one of the most complete CVs in world rugby, having won Premiership, European Challenge Cup and Premiership Rugby Cup titles for Northampton, as well as two Six Nations Championships in his 50 caps for England. The 34-year-old flanker also reached the Heineken Cup final with Saints in 2011, and was named Premiership Player of the Season that same year.
But it is off the field where Tom is really looking to make the difference for Northampton Saints Foundation.
He has already given a significant amount of support over the last 12 months, choosing the Foundation as a beneficiary for his 19/20 testimonial year, donating his handcrafted furniture to our auctions, participating in our Foundation film, supporting and visiting young Foundation students and participating in Foundation events.
As an official Ambassador, Tom will continue to help us grow and support young people in Northampton by making personal appearances for the Foundation’s partners and supporters, and the veteran back row cannot wait to get started.
“I have already had an introduction to the work done by Northampton Saints Foundation through the link to my Testimonial year, and I am really looking forward to getting more hands on,” he said.
“I’ve seen the impact that the likes of Harry and James have had working closely with the young people in our community. There are young people that really need our support and guidance and I am eager to do my part.”Tom Wood
“Saints Foundation is expanding quickly to keep up with the demand and although they’ve been hugely successful steering so many individuals back into mainstream education, training or work, the stats show that those few percent that are missed really suffer, so we must strive to do more.”
Saints Foundation Managing Director, Catherine Deans, added: “We are really proud to work with Tom. He will make a real difference to the lives of young people at the Foundation providing invaluable support to help improve their lives.
“Tom is part of the fabric of the Club, and we are looking forward to having him on board with Harry and James who have done so much for us already.”
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