Meet Matt Hampson – Green Trousers Ambassador
Green Trousers are thrilled to announce Matt Hampson as our Ambassador. Matt is an incredible individual dedicating his time to his foundation the Matt Hampson Foundation which helps those that have suffered similar life changing sporting injuries.
Since his accident in 2005 during an England Under 21 rugby training session, Matt has battled hard to live as normal a life as possible. Paralysed from the neck down and breathing via the aid of a ventilator, it is testament to him that he decided to set up the Foundation so that others who have suffered similar catastrophic injuries through sport can receive support and assistance.
As well as his Foundation duties which include, visiting, mentoring, providing advice and fundraising, Matt delivers inspirational talks to young people and businesses around the country. He is also a forwards coach at Oakham School and Oakham Rugby Club, an ambassador for both the RFU’s injured Players Fund and Restart (The Professional Rugby Association’s charity). Patron of Special Effect a charity set up to help disabled children communicate through technology.
Matt’s book ‘Engage’ describes the circumstances surrounding his accident and subsequent rehabilitation. It received critical acclaim and won a Sports book of the year award. He also writes columns for the Leicester Mercury, Rugby World Magazine and Sky News as well as featuring regularly on TV and in the written press.
If anyone epitomises the Foundation’s ethos of ‘Get Busy Living’ it is Matt Hampson.
Green Trousers will be working with Matt on a number of projects as well as adding the Matt Hampson Foundation merchandise to our website with full proceeds of any items purchase being sent directly to the foundation.