Inspiring and supporting young people seriously injured through sport

Mike Tindall MBE is patron of The Matt Hampson Foundation and our biggest advocate. Former England rugby captain Mike has been a friend of Matt’s and a supporter of the charity since its beginnings in 2011, becoming patron in 2014 and officially opening the Get Busy Living centre in 2018 (he even got his own official plaque by the door!)

Mike has been capped 75 times by England and was part of the World Cup winning team in 2003. Mike is married to Zara Phillips, the eldest granddaughter of HRH Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip Duke of Edinburgh, and the pair share two young daughters. Since retiring from Rugby he has featured on a number of reality TV programmes including Bear Grylls: Mission Survive and The Jump.

Mike is a very active patron and tireless advocate of the Foundation. His annual charity golf day raises valuable funds the Foundation and is an event in our annual calendar that’s always hugely popular.

Mike says: "It was a massive honour when Matt asked me to be patron of the Foundation. The way he has conducted himself since his injury in 2005, and the number of people he has helped is remarkable.

“You can never imagine what it is like to suffer an injury like Matt's or any of the beneficiaries, but to see them all out there getting busy living is inspiring. It's the power of wanting to move on and live your life and you just have to be in awe of that. I'm proud to be part of this charity and I'm excited to see where we can take it in the coming years."