The Arctic Rugby Challenge

11th February 2015

As a Scottish exile, recently moved to London having graduated from Exeter, I was really keen to reach out to the London Scottish community in raising awareness of the Arctic Rugby Challenge and Wooden Spoon.

In April of this year, 14 of us will be trekking 100 miles to the Magnetic North Pole to set a Guinness World Record, playing a game of rugby on top of the World!

The expedition will be led by polar adventurer Jock Wishart and the two teams will be captained by Tim Stimpson (British & Irish Lion) and Ollie Phillips (former England Sevens captain).

This will be in aid of a fantastic cause with each of us organising events and seeking sponsors and partners in order to raise a significant sum for Wooden Spoon, the children's charity of rugby, which supports disabled and socially disadvantaged children through both capital based and community projects.

Through the scale of the challenge and the coverage we hope to receive, I'm also very excited by the prospect of raising the charity's profile throughout the UK, reaching members of the wider rugby community and beyond who know very little of Wooden Spoon and the work that the charity does.

If this sounds like something you, as a rugby fan and member of the London Scottish community, might be interested in supporting, please don’t hesitate to contact me on email or mobile 07824888410.

The project aims to raise £300,000, which will go directly towards helping disadvantaged children and young people throughout the UK and Ireland.

Further information can be obtained at

Everyone can get involved in the conversation by tweeting @wsarcticchallenge and tweet messages of support to each team using the hashtags #teamtim #teamollie and #ArcticChallenge  

For more on The Wooden Spoon charity, click here.

Many thanks

Fergus Davidson


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