10th Dec, 2016

Wasps to support rugby legend Serge Betsen with French beret gesture

Coventry Editorial 5th May, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

WASPS fans will be feeling French at the club’s last game of the season before the Aviva Premiership play-offs in support of rugby legend Serge Betsen’s charity.

Wasps Academy players will be distributing 7,000 berets as Wasps take on London Irish for their final regular game of the season at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday, May 7 (kick-off 3.30pm).

Fans will be asked to make a donation in return for a beret, and 100 per cent of the money raised will go to the Serge Betsen Academy (SBA).

SBA was created in 2004 to introduce rugby to underprivileged children in his native Cameroon and use the game to teach them core values.

Alongside this, it supports the children in their education and provides access to basic healthcare.

Betsen played 79 times for Wasps between 2008 and 2012 and also has 63 caps for France.

SBA is an official charity partner of the Wasps Academy and both are hoping to raise as much as possible at the final game of the season.

Wasps Academy players will be armed with berets and collection buckets in the Fan Village, which opens at 12.30pm, as well as the South Entrance and the Club House.

Wasps Marketing Manager Martin Fallon said: “We have had a long connection with Serge who is an ambassador for the club and are delighted to support his academy. It is an excellent cause which has helped hundreds of underprivileged children.

“With 100 per cent of the donations made going directly to the academy, we are hoping to raise quite a bit of money.

“Last year we sold Ashley Johnson wigs to raise funds for the Brain Tumour Charity which was very well-received. We’re now hoping that people dig deep and show their support for this latest fundraiser.

“I would like to thank the Wasps Academy for all of their hard work in setting this up.”

Serge Betsen added: “As a former Wasps player it’s great to have the support of the Wasps Academy.

“SBA currently has five centres in Cameroon which have helped hundreds of children. We not only look to teach children values through rugby, but also aim to provide access to essential things such as food, clothing, books and medical treatment as well as places to play and exercise.

“All of the money raised will help us continue to support children in Cameroon.”

Tickets for Wasps v London Irish are available from £15 for adults and under-10s go free, and are available from www.wasps.co.uk or by ringing 024 7678 6411.