The Sporting Club recently held a fundraising Dinner for Reposm at the Kia Oval. 250 people enjoyed the sumptuous surroundings and heard very interesting interviews with Sir John Major, Sir Trevor McDonald and cricket legend David Gower. They shared fascinating insights into their views on sport and especially cricket. Michael Soper, Chairman of Reposm, updated the amazing progress being made by the charity in recent months.
Chis Cowdrey led a very successful auction ensuring that the evening raised substantial funds for Reposm and their commitment to build the first flats next year for retired sportspeople who have fallen into difficulty.
It was a privilege for Reposm to be the fundraising beneficiary at the Sporting Club Annual Awards Dinner on 15th December 2022 at the Royal Lancaster Hotel. Over 450 attended this most prestigious evening amongst a galaxy of stars including Lord Sebastian Coe, Dane Tanni Grey-Thompson, Jonny Bairstow, Dame Laura Kenny, Christine Ohoruogu, Sarina Wiegman, Beth Mead and Michael Watson.
The Reposm Sports Housing Trust are delighted to announce that over £25,000 was raised for the charity on the night – a wonderful start to 2023 – the year they expect to open the first flats to accommodate up to 20 retired sports people who have fallen on hard times.
Henry Winter -The Times Chief Football Writer – writes about Reposm
– The Game has a duty to help old heroes in times of trouble
It is one of the unmentioned scandals of modern football, a blemish on the game, heartbreaking for all who care about those who have given everything, who still serve so selflessly. It is the sight of former players, coaches and managers now working as scouts, heading into a ground, progress slowed by some old ligaments, others by the new onset of arthritis. They still hurry in. Some are lonely, on the breadline, even needing a roof over their heads. But they go.
The Reposm proposal is based on an existing successful housing model in the world of music and arts. Michael Soper is the voluntary Chairman of Cyril Wood Memorial Trust, which provides sheltered housing for retired artists, musicians, authors, and craftspersons. It has 24 self-contained flats where residents can live alongside other retired neighbours from the Arts world, whilst continuing to follow their career passions and interests thanks to shared studio spaces and a large communal lounge (complete with a grand piano).
The concept of Cyril Wood was conceived and founded in 1975 by people from all areas of the Arts, including Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Joyce Grenfell, J.B.Priestley, John Le Carre, Lord Goodman, Viscount Cranborne and Victor Bonham-Carter.
Cyril Wood is managed by its Corporate Trustee, the charity East Boro Housing Trust, of which Michael is also a voluntary Board Member. East Boro’s expertise ensures that the buildings are maintained, tenants are supported, and the many laws and regulations are complied with.
The musicians’ Performing Rights Society Benevolent Fund is a major supporter of the Cyril Wood Memorial Trust, providing finance for the Trust’s expansion and modernisation, and in return it nominates some of the potential residents for the scheme from amongst the musicians who they support.
This is the actual operating example that has inspired Michael to make the Reposm proposal.