Warriors Community Foundation help schools reach final
Four Wigan schools teams set to play in Champion Schools Finals this weekend
- Warriors work with St Peter’s and St John Fisher high schools
The Warriors won’t be the only Wigan side playing in a cup final in London this weekend as thanks to a little help from the Wigan Warriors Community Foundation four other Wigan teams will be heading south in the search of glory.
Whilst Wigan face Hull in the 2017 Challenge Cup Final at Wembley on Saturday, St Peter’s Catholic High School Years 7, 8 and 10 Boys teams will take part in the Champion Schools Finals with the Year 8 team set for a local derby with St John Fisher Catholic High School.
Warriors Community Foundation coaches have assisted both schools thanks to the Sky Try initiative.
Community Coach, Tommy Gallagher, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to see four Wigan boys teams make their respective finals of the Champion Schools trophy. For Wigan schools to occupy four of the eight final places available shows how strong schools Rugby League is in the area.
“Between myself and my colleague Tom Fitzpatrick we’ve worked on a weekly basis with the St Peter’s Year 8 Boys team throughout the school year and more recently the Year 10 Boys at St Peter’s as well as the Year 8s at St John Fisher.
“Both schools have a strong history of Rugby League success and have produced players such as Sean O’Loughlin, Sam and Joel Tomkins plus Liam Farrell. Neil Ashton, deputy head teacher at St Peter’s and Andy Unsworth, Head of PE at St John Fisher have already done a fantastic job, not just for their individual schools but for schools Rugby League in Wigan & Leigh. Hopefully we’ve just been able to bring a bit of extra knowledge and help them along the way.”
As well as a Wigan derby in the Year 8 Final, St Peter’s Year 10s will face Castleford academy. Both of those games will take place in Richmond on Friday with St Peter’s Year 7 Boys taking to the famous Wembley turf when they face Castleford Academy in a curtain raiser to the Challenge Cup Final.
Tommy continued: “The Champion Schools tournament is the biggest event in schools Rugby League and it’s a great feeling to help these teams reach the big stage.
“The Year 7s will actually get to play at Wembley which is unbelievable honour whilst the rest will take part in the event at Richmond on Friday and be involved in a parade around the Wembley pitch on Saturday too.
“I’ll be heading down to London with the St John Fisher team for the weekend and it certainly promises to be a great weekend for Rugby League in Wigan.”
Any schools interested in working with the Wigan Warriors Community Foundation in the future are asked to contact the foundation by calling 01942 762880 or clicking HERE.
Champion Schools Finals
Year 7 Boys Final – St Peter’s Catholic High School (Wigan) v Castleford Academy
Wembley Stadium, Saturday August 26 - 1:05pm kick-off
Year 8 Boys Final – St Peter’s Catholic High School (Wigan) v St John Fisher Catholic High School
Richmond Athletic Association, Friday August 25 - 1:00pm kick-off
Year 10 Boys Final – Castleford Academy v St Peter’s Catholic High School (Wigan)
Richmond Athletic Association, Friday August 25 - 6:10pm kick-off