Fixtures - Top Bar

Andy Goode supporting the Matt Hampson Foundation for the Aviva Community Fund

Wasps Andy Goode is urging people from all walks of life to ‘get busy living’ after helping kick off the Aviva Community Fund.

A nationwide initiative launched on Wednesday, the Aviva Community Fund offers support and funding of up to £25,000 to causes and projects that are put forward by the public.

Goode might be into the 17th year of his professional career, but despite all the accolades he has collected along the way the memory of former Leicester Tigers teammate Matt Hampson is still fresh in his memory.

Hampson was a prop who became a C4/5 tetraplegic after a scrummaging practice accident for England Under 21s on 15 March 2005 – the former front rower going on to form the Matt Hampson Foundation.

The Foundation aims to provide advice, support, relief and treatment for anyone suffering serious injury or disability which has arisen from any cause, but in particular from participation in or training for any sport, sporting activity or other form of physical education or recreation.

34-year-old Goode, an ambassador for the Matt Hampson Foundation, is hoping that with the Aviva Community Fund’s help that the charity can continue to grow from strength to strength.  
 
"Matt Hampson is a very good friend of mine and an ex-teammate from Leicester Tigers," said Goode.
 
"He is a real inspiration and his motto is ‘get busy living’ which I think is fantastic. People who are wheelchair bound, amputees or anything from accidents within sport are really starting to see the benefits of the Foundation now.

"I am an ambassador for the charity and our dream is to build a Get Busy Living centre. It is a phenomenal project and it will help so many people, not just coming up over the next few years but for years to come.

"Twenty to 30 years down the line it will be a top of the range, high-end centre where people can come and stay and get themselves rehabilitated back into as normal a life as they can lead and, off the back of that, Matt is a true inspiration trying to help as many people as possible who have been unfortunate to have such sporting injuries.

"I am lucky enough to have played the game for 17 years now professionally and one day you could wake up and have a horrific injury and you are affected for life.

"So Matt Hampson is an inspiration but the Aviva Community Fund will help inspire a lot of young people and charities around to really get busy living and get out there and face adversity."


With the Aviva Community Fund tapping into some of rugby’s best ideologies, Goode admits the good nature of his beloved sport never ceases to amaze him.

"We are all lucky to live our lives the way we do, but let’s support guys who aren’t as fortunate as us,” he added.

"Matt is very humbled by all the support he gets from all the players and the rugby community, whether it be Wasps, whether it be Leicester Tigers, whether it be Sale up in Manchester.

"There are all sorts of teams who are very supportive and that is the rugby community for you – it’s great to be a part of."

Andy Goode was speaking about his support of the Matt Hampson Foundation at the Aviva Community Fund launch, a nationwide initiative from Aviva, title sponsor of Aviva Premiership Rugby, which offers support and funding to causes close to your heart. Visit aviva.co.uk/community-fund

Latest News

Chiefs side to face Newcastle Falcons

Rob Baxter may be wary of the threat Newcastle Falcons pose to his Exeter side, but insists its challenges such…

Waldrom

Wasps team to play Gloucester at the Ricoh Arena this Sunday

Director of Rugby Dai Young has named the Wasps’ side to take on Gloucester at the Ricoh Arena this Sunday,…

Le Roux Wasps

Sale Sharks Team News

Sale Sharks have named their side to take on Saracens in the Aviva Premiership on Saturday (kick off 2.45pm)  at…

Josh Charnley

Newcastle Falcons team to face Exeter Chiefs

Newcastle Falcons have made three changes ahead of Saturday’s Aviva Premiership trip to Exeter Chiefs (kick-off 3pm). Chris Harris replaces…

Evan Olmstead

Gloucester Rugby make two changes for Sunday’s trip to Wasps

Gloucester Rugby keep faith with the majority of the side that started against Saracens last weekend, making just two changes…

Lewis Ludlow

Bristol Rugby team to face Bath Rugby

Bristol Rugby play host to Bath Rugby in the much-anticipated West Country derby on Sunday (1pm KO). Mark Tainton’s men…

Gavin Henson

Saracens name team for Sale clash

Saracens have named their team to face Sale Sharks in Saturday’s round 16 Aviva Premiership clash at Allianz Park, kick-off…

Joel Conlon

Annett and Dowson return for Saints test

Niall Annett and Phil Dowson are among three changes to the Warriors starting line-up for their trip to Franklin’s Gardens…

Phil Dowson

Northampton Saints team news versus Worcester

The Northampton Saints team has been named for Saturday’s Aviva Premiership Round 16 home match against Worcester. The Saints head…

Michael Paterson

RFU Disciplinary: Francois Louw

An appeal against the sanction imposed on Francois Louw of Bath Rugby was heard by an RFU Disciplinary appeal panel…

AUDIO: Preview of this weekend’s Six Nations and Aviva Premiership action

It's the third round of matches in the Six Nations Championship this weekend, while action also continues in the Aviva…

Twickenham Stoop

England team to face Italy at Twickenham

Eddie Jones has named his side for England’s RBS 6 Nations game against Italy at Twickenham Stadium on Sunday (kick-off…

Saints eleven pen new deals

Northampton Saints has today announced new deals with 11 members of the current squad. Three of the more experienced players,…

Luther Burrell

Symons wants Gloucester Rugby to kick-on against Wasps

Just three points separates Gloucester Rugby and sixth-placed Harlequins and centre Andy Symons is determined to see the Cherry &…

Bath Rugby surpass 40,000 ticket sales for The Clash

Bath Rugby is thrilled to confirm that over 40,000 tickets have been sold for The Clash, when they will take…

Bath Rugby

Evans determined for a Harlequins top-six finish

Harlequins fly-half Nick Evans is determined to drive Harlequins to a top-six finish as the Aviva Premiership Rugby season reaches…

We’ll expect a physical test against Saints, says Worcester’s Ben Howard

Ben Howard is expecting a big, physical battle when his Worcester Warriors side face Northampton Saints on Saturday. Full-back Howard,…

Evans and Lambert return to the starting line-up for the visit of Leicester Tigers

Harlequins has announced the team to play Leicester Tigers in Round 15 of the Aviva Premiership tomorrow at The Stoop,…

Nick Evans

Leicester Tigers team news ahead of Aviva Premiership trip to The Stoop

Lachlan McCaffrey and Peter Betham return to the Leicester Tigers team for Friday's Aviva Premiership Round 16 fixture away to…

Peter Betham