Warriors and Sharks Invade Devon

Warriors and Sharks Invade Devon

  • Wigan Warriors Community Foundation visit more than 800 people in South West of England

  • Warriors Foundation partner with Devon Sharks ARLFC

  • Warriors to continue to partner with Devon club

  • WWCF delivered sessions through the RFL’s Sky Try and England Talent Pathway programmes

Last week the Foundation team were down in the South West of England, visiting Primary and Secondary schools in partnership with Devon Sharks ARLFC.

In total over 800 people were coached during the week, all with the aim of growing the sport of Rugby League. The Warriors Foundation visited 12 schools, worked alongside the Devon Sharks teams directly and also ran a session to develop local coaches in the area.

Taking up the story, Wigan Warriors Community Development Officer, Joel Smith said; “Tom Schmechel and I made the trip down to Devon with the simple aim of growing our great game through the RFL’s Sky Try programme. We would also like to pay thanks to Anthony Atherton from the RFL who led delivery through the England Talent Pathway programme.

“We visited a dozen schools and witnessed the great work being done by Devon Sharks and most importantly their aspirations to have a junior set up within the next 12 months. All the schools we visited were brilliant with us and we are looking at building long term relations with them and encouraging more and more people to play Rugby League in Devon.

“We will continue to work alongside the Sharks in the hope we can have a fully-fledged amateur club whereby children can go and develop their skills and play competitive fixtures each week.

“In the meantime we are looking to host the Devon Sharks first team for a weekend in the summer, where they will attend a home fixture at the DW on a Friday evening and hopefully play a fixture of their own whilst here too.

Director of Devon Sharks, Phil Johnson commented: “This was the second year Wigan Warriors Community Foundation have supported Devon Sharks with delivering Rugby League sessions to schools in Torbay and Teignbridge.

“This time we really maximised our resources hitting as many schools as possible. With the help of Joel and Tom from the Warriors, the impact was huge. We received lots of positive feedback and we are sure the relationships with both our local schools will only get stronger. We look forward to setting up a junior section at the Sharks and maybe one day seeing a player from Devon play for Wigan Warriors in Super League.”

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