Aylesbury Rugby Club have sealed something of a coup after Premiership side London Wasps moved their Community team in with the Ducks.
The clubs have enjoyed close links for several years and the Ducks have provided players for the Wasps first team, most recently former Aylesbury Grammar School pupil Sam Jones.
The move from Adams Park to Aylesbury’s base at Ostler’s Field in Weston Turville came about through Wasps’ community rugby manager Dave Larham, who is also the Ducks head coach and lives in Walton Court.
With his Wasps hat on, Larham said it was the facilities on offer at Aylesbury which swayed the Premiership side in their search for a new office location.
Larham also revealed that the move will see an increase in Wasps community programmes at Ostler’s Field which he hopes will benefit youngsters in the Vale.
He said: “We looked at several office locations, but it was the outstanding facilities at Aylesbury and the opportunity to work with their membership that made the decision easy.
“The new office allows us to remain central to our community, but also means that we have on-site pitches to be able to increase our programmes.
“I am hoping that the Aylesbury Vale community will benefit from our relocation and offer their support to London Wasps.”
The aim of the Community Foundation is a simple one – to educate, motivate and inspire people through the power of sport.
Their office move to the Magenta and Blacks’ new clubhouse will include a commitment from Wasps to the Aylesbury Vale community through long-term projects that contain focused purpose and outcomes. Activities will also take place at Aylesbury schools and clubs.
Wasps have been active in the Vale for more than 10 years through a number of community programmes. During that time the partnership between Wasps and Aylesbury has developed and flourished.
Currently Sam Jones, a former Ducks youth player, plays in the London Wasps team and regularly supports their community programmers.
Several of the senior and youth players at Aylesbury have also benefitted from top class coaching from Wasps while also supporting their games at Adams Park over the years.
David Young, Wasps’ director of rugby knows only too well how important the partnership will be.
“At Wasps we recognise the importance of our Community Programmes and the responsibility that we have as professional players and staff to be positive role models and ambassadors for our sport and our club.
“It is important that we continue to generate new interest in rugby participation and sustainable support.”