18 months ago Wigan Warriors Community Foundation and Youth Development entered into a 3 year partnership with Houses for homes to deliver a youth programme that supported people to gain Healthier and more active lifestyles , Social good, Community cohesion and Individual development.
We wanted the programme to have a meaningful and measurable impact on improving people’s lives, it needed to Provide a challenge, encourage discipline and nurture character, ultimately we wanted young people to feel part of something, part of THE WIGAN WAY!
A number of programmes/projects have been delivered during this period to support these objectives:
Warriors “Futures” - Weekly sessions and school holiday development camps delivered by Warrior’s performance coaches to young people aged 11-16, the programme provides an opportunity for players to improve their skill development and showcase their talent. A number of players have progressed from the futures programme onto full scholarships and academy contracts with Wigan Warriors and other Super League Clubs.
Coach and volunteer education - Coach, volunteer and teacher education programme that has featured a number of inspirational and innovate speakers such our head Coach Shaun Wane along with practical sessions aimed at all levels of coaches throughout the community, our programme has had national recognition and seen over 250 coaches and volunteers access the sessions.
Golden Ticket – Our Golden Ticket programme offers schools and community groups the opportunity to reward children from disadvantaged backgrounds to attend our world famous multi skills holiday camps, so far we have given out over 150 golden ticket places on our camps.
Talent transfer – The programme looks to engage gifted and talented athletes from a range of sports and backgrounds across the country to participate in Rugby League. The athletes are given the opportunity to train alongside the scholarship squad to further develop their existing transferable skills and to develop new facets in their skill set. The programme has been hugely successful so far with a number of young athletes progressing through the programme to represent our scholarship and also led to one player in Nathanial Marshal signing an academy contract and play a part in the 2017 U19s championship winning squad.
Foundation manager Martin Mcloughlin said:
“We have such a fantastic relationship with Houses for homes and they really understand the important part the local community play in everything we deliver. We have a shared vision and are passionate and committed to delivering a real, sustainable positive impact for Wigan and the region. I can’t thank them enough for their continued support”.