To promote community participation in healthy recreation by the provision of facilities for the playing of rugby and bringing disabled people into contact with the sport.
Fundraising and donations help make a difference by providing additional resources. Some of the players are from disadvantaged backgrounds, may have a learning disability and have little access to funds to take part in tours and matches. The charity supplements players in hardship to ensure inclusivity.
Charity No: 1158351
Jill Loader, of Rugby Football Union said “The RFU is delighted to hear that Anthony Brookes, founder of Bumble Bees Barbarians, has been recognised with a Points of Light award.
‘The Bumbles’, England’s first mixed ability team where players with learning and physical disabilities play alongside able bodied players in full contact rugby union, were the winners of the prestigious RFU President’s Awards ‘Beyond Rugby’ category in 2014, for their pioneering approach to community engagement.
The team has been inspirational in the local community and further afield, leading to the formation of three new mixed ability clubs in England and attracting attention from Europe.”