Site is back up!

Posted by admin in Aug 09,2015 with No Comments

If you can read this post it means I have fixed the site! Well sort of! I had to delete some files so some pictures are missing but I think the basics are all there and we haven’t lost any posts.

I will try and get the site back to normality over the next few days.

Sorry for the downtime, its the longest this place has been gone (I actually cried when I thought I’d lost everything) and it was no nice. Hopefully I can get a good nights sleep now!!

Sara



Building Jerusalem Trailer

Posted by admin in Jul 29,2015 with No Comments



Jonny Wilkinson, Sir Clive Woodward and Martin Johnson star in ‘Building Jerusalem’ documentary about England’s World Cup triumph in 2003

Posted by admin in Jul 28,2015 with No Comments

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Take a look at the brand new poster art for Building Jerusalem – in cinemas for one night only 1 September and followed by a live Q&A session with Jonny after the screening!

Starring Jonny Wilkinson, Sir Clive Woodward, Martin Johnson & Matt Dawson, Building Jerusalem tells the astonishing story of pressure, expectation and courage, tracing the roots of success back to the professionalization of rugby in the 90s, culminating in that glorious World Cup campaign of 2003 that turned Woodward’s poisoned chalice into a golden cup.

The film will be released in cinemas for one night only on the 1st September and then on DVD & Blu-Ray on 14th September ahead of the Rugby World Cup.
Take a look at the trailer here it looks awesome! Building Jerusalem – Daily Mail Online

Don’t forget to follow them on twitter@JerusalemRugby and Facebook too Kaleidoscope Entertainment



Jonny Wilkinson surprises brain tumour sufferer Stu Ridley with a home visit

Posted by Sonja in Jun 14,2015 with No Comments

Former rugby star Jonny Wilkinson sprung a surprise visit on brain tumour battler Stu Ridley…and even whizzed around the garden on his mobility scooter.

The ex-England and Falcons ace brought a smile to Stu’s face when he turned up at the family farm in Shitlington, near Hexham, Northumberland.

And as they cracked jokes and enjoyed the sunshine on Friday, Stu asked Jonny and his wife Shelley if they would like a shot on his mobility scooter – and the pair couldn’t resist.

Stu’s family says it gave him the boost he needed as he continues to fight his inoperable brain tumour.

Brother Stephen, 29, said: “Jonny is a true gentleman, so genuine and sincere. He came out to see Stu with his wife and spent a couple of hours with us.

“We spent sometime inside then Stu wanted to go outside and we laughed and chatted.

“Stu loved it, he met his hero and Jonny gave his time. Stu thanked him for coming, it was a really good day.

“Jonny is a very honest guy and we can’t thank him enough. Stu isn’t feeling too well at the minute but he gave him a real boost.”

The England former fly-half first gave his support to Stu when the young farmer and rugby player was diagnosed earlier this year when he sent him a message via Twitter saying: “Heard about your situation mate.

“I know you will beat this. Soon you’ll be back on the field doing what you do best. 100% with you!!”

And through mutual friends in the rugby world Jonny managed to get Melvin, Stu’s dad’s telephone number to ask if he could visit the brave 25-year-old, who played rugby for Tynedale.

Stu, who is well known as a member of Bellingham Young Farmers and is a regular at the district’s agricultural shows, was told by doctors he had six months to live after being diagnosed with the tumour. He was given the devastating news on Friday, February 13, but vowed to live life to the full.

Famous names in rugby, other sports and even the pop world have shown their support for Stu and his family.

World record holder Colin Jackson was spotted holding aloft a “Stay Strong Stu” T-shirt.

Mum Celia, 54, said: “Jonny and his wife came and they made Stu’s day. When they walked into the room Stu’s face lit up and he gave a smile that he hasn’t had for a while.

“Jonny is his idol and Stu was thrilled. He was slightly star struck and was stuck for words but he enjoyed every minute of it.

“Jonny is such a nice man, he was here for a couple of hours and Stu loved every minute of it.”

Source:: Chronicle

To watch the video of Jonny and Stu clink the above link



Jonny Wilkinson awarded CBE in Queen’s birthday honours

Posted by Sonja in Jun 13,2015 with No Comments

Not even retirement stopped Jonny Wilkinson driving French giants Toulon to European rugby history, and now his first year after hanging up his boots also includes the award of a CBE.

England’s World Cup-winning hero brought the curtain down on a glittering career in 2014 by masterminding Toulon’s second-straight Heineken Cup win.

The 36-year-old then spent this season with a part-time skills coaching role at the Cote d’Azur club, inspiring the Stade Mayol men to the inaugural Champions Cup crown, an unprecedented third European title in a row.

Wilkinson suffered a 1,169-day injury-enforced Test absence after dropping England to World Cup glory in 2003, heightening the sweetness of his stellar Indian summer on the French Riviera.

Wilkinson’s 2003 World Cup team-mate Lewis Moody hailed the former Newcastle star’s CBE, awarded in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, as yet more indication of the enormity of his late-career achievements with Toulon.

“I know my first club Leicester were desperate to sign him at times during his playing career,” Moody told Press Association Sport of Wilkinson, who joined Toulon in 2009 after 12 years with Newcastle.

“For the absolutely amazing talent he was and the work ethic he had, at international level he was just scintillating to watch.

“At club level he was still as good but never got to perform on the biggest stages with Newcastle.

“So it was really nice for me as a player to see him finally get the opportunity to play regularly in those biggest tournaments and succeed.”

Wilkinson was the subject of groundless rumours he would receive a knighthood in the New Year’s Honours List, leading to a twitter mix-up that even seemed to dupe the star himself.

Any hangover from that mild embarrassment has not dulled the royal regard for England’s most famous rugby player of all time and a playmaker who redefined the duties of the modern fly-half.

Wilkinson abandoned intentions to study at Durham University in favour of professional rugby with Newcastle Falcons in 1997, making his England debut as an 18-year-old in April 1998.

His 91-cap England career spanned 13 years, four World Cups and six caps for the British and Irish Lions, but the crowning glory will forever remain the 2003 World Cup victory.

Wilkinson dropped the extra-time goal to see off Australia 20-17 in Sydney, a moment long since etched into a nation’s consciousness.

The BBC Sports Personality of the Year award duly followed, and so too the MBE, later elevated to OBE in 2004.

Wilkinson later led England to the final of the 2007 World Cup, only for Brian Ashton’s men to fall short against South Africa in Paris.

His retirement from Test rugby in December 2011 then precipitated a stunning resurgence with French giants Toulon.

Surrounded by many of the world’s top names and talents, Wilkinson thrived, helping Toulon to the second-tier European Challenge Cup title in 2012.

Toulon lost the French Top 14 final that year and again in 2013, but Wilkinson drove the squad back in ever-more fierce fashion.

That 2013 league defeat was eased by the first of those three consecutive European titles that season – and in 2014 Wilkinson bowed out of rugby altogether by spearheading Toulon’s Heineken Cup and Top 14 double.

“Jonny yearns for success: because he wants to be the best he can be, but also because he doesn’t want to let his team-mates down,” said former Leicester and Bath flanker Moody.

“Toulon invested a great deal in him, but he repaid that in abundance.

“He drove them to two European titles, and then laid the foundations for a third.

“It must have been a wonderful way to go out and end your rugby career in that manner.

“And that success was fitting for him really, because he’d given so much to the game.

“I think the change was as important as anything else in allowing him to finish his career in style.

“Jonny loves new challenges, whether that’s learning to play the guitar or becoming fluent in French, he throws himself into anything until he’s mastered it.”

Wilkinson’s exploits in Toulon will always pale in significance next to that World Cup triumph in the eyes of the English, with Moody still extolling the fly-half’s virtues 12 years on.

“It was the absolute pinnacle of your rugby career, the euphoria that came from winning something you knew how hard it had been to achieve,” said Moody of the 2003 World Cup win.

“For Jonny it was a pivotal and iconic moment, dropping that goal off his weaker foot.

“For all of us in that squad, there’s a special bond.

“Jonny was a kindred spirit on the field, someone you knew would fight toe-to-toe.

“There was a group of players you would want alongside you in any situation, and Jonny was always in that bracket.”

Source BT SPORT



Prince Harry joins Jonny Wilkinson to launch Rugby World Cup trophy tour with 100 days to go until tournament kicks off

Posted by Sonja in Jun 10,2015 with No Comments

Prince Harry has launched the Rugby World Cup trophy tour across the UK and Ireland, marking 100 days to the start of the global event.

England Rugby World Cup heroes Jonny Wilkinson and Will Greenwood joined the prince at Twickenham Stadium – the home of English rugby – to launch the Webb Ellis Cup on its journey.

The Webb Ellis trophy tour will start in Scotland on June 11 before being paraded across the rest of Britain and the Republic of Ireland.

The World Cup will be staged in England and Cardiff in September and October, and thousands are expected to fill the stadiums while billions watch the spectacle on television.

Harry is honorary president of England Rugby 2015, the organising committee staging the tournament.

The prince, who gave a short speech during the event, is a passionate sports player and keen rugby fan who is associated with a number of rugby organisations.

Harry said: ‘In 100 days time England and Cardiff will play host to an incredible festival of rugby.

‘As we have shown with the Olympic, Commonwealth & Invictus Games we are a nation of great hosts. A nation that seizes the moment. I have no doubt the British public will make every nation feel at home and provide the best possible welcome.’

He is vice patron of the Rugby Football Union (RFU) and patron of the RFU’s Injured Players Foundation.

Harry is also the patron of England Rugby’s All Schools Programme, which aims to drive up the number of children playing the sport in state schools.

Wilkinson, speaking on Good Morning Britain, has revealed how he prepared for matches at the Rugby World Cup back in 2003: ‘I used to read a fair bit beforehand.

‘We always had a CD that played on the bus on the way in that always had more or less the same songs on it. It would hit the same song as we arrived [at the stadium.]’

‘They always finished on Eminem however, on the day of the final, the CD skipped a couple of times and we ended up going into the stadium to ‘Rock the Casbah!’

Reflecting on his winning kick in extra time, Wilkinson added: ‘It is funny how such a pressured moment could actually go right to the wire and that’s why it sticks in people’s memories because it was an event that just kept on going.’

Wilkinson believes England would have a better chance of winning the World Cup if Stuart Lancaster called on the services of overseas duo Steffon Armitage and Nick Abendanon, however he understands the ruling.

Speaking to talkSPORT, he said: ‘It’s about setting your guidelines out and sticking to them. A lot has been made of the stance on Steffon Armitage.

‘I played with Steffon for a good few years and of course he’s a phenomenal player, but the situation works both ways’.

The first match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between England and Fiji takes place at Twickenham on September 18.

Source: Daily Mail



Jonny Wilkinson joins Camps for an ascent of Mt Toubkal

Posted by Sonja in Jun 09,2015 with No Comments

It was tough day at the office but someone had to do it.

Jonny Wilkinson has been busy raising funds for his Foundation and Camps were delighted to contribute a climb to the auction at his London testimonial. Thanks to a generous donor, I have just returned from a fantastic week in Morocco with a great group of people.

It’s a tall order to fly into Moroccan heat, grab a night and a bite in a Marrakech Riad and then head straight out into the Atlas for a 2-day expedition. We walked for 21 hours out of a total of 32 on the mountain, in temperatures ranging from 36 degrees on the way up to a bracing zero on the summit.

At an altitude of 4,167 metres, Jbel Toubkal is the highest mountain in the Atlas Mountains and North Africa. We kicked off the climb at 1,700 metres and with the help of a few mules pushed out an impressive pace to the refuge on night one, and subsequently up to the summit through the early hours of the following morning.

Always a feeling of elation at the summit followed by the realisation that it’s only the half way point with another 8 hours trekking and a dodgy mountain breakfast to look forward to.
Huge thanks to Jonny and crew for a lot of laughs and looking forward to climbing Mt Kinabalu later this year.

Stuart Rees Jones

Founder & CEO Camps

Source: Stuart Rees Jones, CEO of Camps International



Happy Birthday Jonny

Posted by Sonja in May 25,2015 with No Comments

Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Jonny, Happy Birthday to you.

From all of us at Wilkofans we hope you have a great day xx



Jonny Wilkinson gives a rugby union masterclass to students at a Cheshunt school

Posted by Sonja in May 13,2015 with No Comments

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Sky Academy Ambassador Jonny Wilkinson treated students of Goffs School in Cheshunt to a Sky Sports Living for Sport masterclass in rugby union on Wednesday.

A selected group of 20 Year 7 students were taught passing skills by the England rugby hero after the school were lucky winners of a Sky Academy prize draw. Goffs School were entered into the draw last month following their commitment and participation in Sky Sports Living for Sport.

Sky Academy Ambassador Jonny Wilkinson said: “I was honoured to come to Goffs School today and spend time with the students here. They have benefitted massively from Sky Sports Living for Sport, using sport to develop their leadership skills which can be taken into all aspects of their life. Goffs School are worthy winners of the Sky Academy competition and I hope the students continue to use the initiative to learn the value sport can have off the field, as well as on it.”

Sky Academy launched a competition open to all UK secondary schools who submit a Sky Sports Living for Sport project before 7 June 2015. Remaining prizes will be drawn every week until 8 June and teachers who submit a Sky Sports Living for Sport project online at www.skysports.com/livingforsport qualify for the weekly prize draws and also receive two free visits from a team of over 90 world-class Athlete Mentors.

Sky Sports Living for Sport is a free initiative open to all secondary schools across the UK and Ireland which uses sports stars and the skills learnt through sport to build life skills in young people. It is part of Sky Academy, a set of initiatives using the power of TV, creativity and sport to help one million young people in the UK and Ireland build practical skills and experience to unlock their potential.

The initiative has been running in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust since 2003 and this academic year alone, more than 1,500 UK secondary schools have taken part.

To get involved and sign up to Sky Sports Living for Sport, visit www.skysports.com/livingforsport.

Source: Sky Sports



WIN YOUR CHANCE TO MEET SKY ACADEMY AMBASSADOR JONNY WILKINSON!

Posted by Sonja in Apr 25,2015 with No Comments

We’re delighted to be giving secondary school teachers the opportunity to win some amazing prizes and opportunities for their school when they plan a Sky Sports Living for Sport project, including the chance to meet Sky Academy Ambassadors Jonny Wilkinson, Thierry Henry and Jessica Ennis-Hill!

Sky Sports Living for Sport is part of Sky Academy, a set of initiatives using the power of TV, creativity and sport to help 1 million young people in the UK and Ireland build practical skills and experience to unlock their potential.

Sky Sports Living for Sport has been running in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust since 2003, using sport stars and the skills learned through sport to help young people build confidence and develop life skills, and this academic year alone over 1500 UK secondary schools have taken part.

If you’re a teacher from a school that has not previously been involved in Sky Sports Living for Sport, all you need to do is sign-up and plan a project to take place in the current academic year by going here.

Teachers who have previously planned projects with Sky Sports Living for Sport simply need to login and submit a new project plan here.

The deadline for submitting projects is Sunday 7 June 2015 but make sure you do yours as soon as possible in order to gain entry into our weekly draws straightaway, offering your project group the chance to win one of the below money-can’t-buy prizes:

Week One Prize One (draw on Friday 1 May)

1 x school will win a Masterclass with Sky Academy Ambassador Jonny Wilkinson at their school on 13 May 2015*

Week One Prize Two (draw on 1 May)

1 x school will win a Masterclass with Sky Academy Ambassador Thierry Henry in London on a date in May, plus an Arsenal shirt signed by Thierry Henry and all travel and accommodation

Week One Prize Three (draw on Friday 1 May)

1 x school will win a trip to Sky for a Sky Studios and Sky Academy experience on 1 July 2015, including a Masterclass with Jonny Wilkinson and all travel and accommodation

Week Two Prize (draw on Friday 8 May)

1 x school will win a trip to see Game Changers filmed live at Sky Studios on 13 June 2015, including all travel and accommodation

Week Three Prize (draw on Friday 15 May)

1 x school will win a trip to see Game Changers filmed live at Sky Studios on 20 June 2015, including all travel and accommodation

Week Four Prize (draw on Friday 22 May)

1 x school will win the first Golden Ticket to the Jessica Ennis-Hill Inspiration Day in October 2015, including all travel and accommodation

Week Five Prize (draw on Friday 29 May)

1 x school will win a trip to Sky for a Sky Studios and Sky Academy experience in the 2015/16 academic year, including the chance to meet a Senior Athlete Mentor and all travel and accommodation

Week Six Prize (draw on Friday 5 June)

1 x school will win a Golden Ticket to the Jessica Ennis-Hill Inspiration Day in October 2015, , including all travel and accommodation
Sky Sports Living for Sport is a free initiative open to all secondary schools across the UK and Ireland and by simply signing-up and submitting your project plan online, not only will you be entered into our weekly prize draws, but you’ll also automatically qualify for:

FREE t-shirts for your Sky Sports Living for Sport project group
FREE Athlete Mentor Visit from one of our inspirational team of Mentors
Automatic entry into a monthly prize draw for up to £300 worth of Sky Tickets
Exclusive Sky sports Living for Sport wristbands, only available to the project group
As well as the above, if you’re a teacher who has already run a project in the 2014/15 academic year and are quick to submit a new project, you will be entered in to a separate prize draw on Friday 1 and Friday 8 May 2015. Each week, six schools will be randomly selected to win an extra Athlete Mentor visit during their new 2014/15 project – in addition to the two you already get for free!**

Don’t forget to submit your project plan by Sunday 7 June 2015 for the chance to win one of the above prizes of a lifetime.

*Winning school for Jonny Wilkinson Masterclass on 13 May 2015 must be based in London or the South East.

***Winning schools must have already run a project in the 2014/15 academic year and received two Athlete Mentor visits throughout that project.

See full Terms and Conditions.

Source Sky Sports