Wigan Warriors Community Foundation celebrate award-winning year
WWCF win Foundation of the Year with a number of staff shortlisted for awards too
- SKY TRY, Mitsubishi Electric and Houses for Homes help deliver life changing projects
The Wigan Warriors and its Community Foundation are celebrating after an award-winning year!
With the support of key partners SKY TRY, Mitsubishi Electric and Houses for Homes the Foundation has delivered life changing projects that have gained national recognition with the highlight being crowned Super League Foundation of the Year at the 2017 Man of Steel awards.
Delivery of the ‘Drop the Beat’ Education programme alongside Heart Research UK as well as great development work in the local schools and community has proven a success whilst the foundation’s Green Warrior programme has also received international recognition this year.
The Foundation has also led the way with the Health Warrior programme in support of Fur Clemt, the pay-as-you-feel community café hosted at Central Park.
Apprentices Ben Kilner, Jake Smith, Jack Hammond and Liam Paisley were all shortlisted for the Wigan “Believe” awards Apprentice of the Year award with Craig Mullen named as runner-up for the award.
Having spearheaded the Club’s Secondary Schools Coaching, with four of this year’s Champion Schools Finalists coming from Wigan, Community Coach Tommy Gallagher was also shortlisted for the RFL community Sky Try Coach of the Year Award.
Foundation Manager, Martin McLoughlin, said: “We are extremely proud of the hard work that everyone involved in the foundation has put in this year and to be acknowledged by receiving these awards highlights the achievements.
“We have a dedicated, hardworking team that live and breathe our community values, this ensures our projects not only make a significant impact on the town but hopefully inspire a generation of young people to take up sport and become lifelong fans of our great game.”
Projects delivered by the foundation this year include:
A unique partnership between the WWCF and Mitsubishi Electric, an innovative new project was launched to promote the development of a greener community and a sustainable future for Wigan. Working with numerous businesses and education organisations, the Green Warrior Project also sees the delivery of an award winning, educational programme named the Learning Curve which is aimed at primary and secondary school aged children, focusing on renewable energy and the importance of social and environmental responsibility.
Futures is focused on developing Rugby League by providing coaching sessions designed to offer players of all levels and abilities the opportunity to be coached by the Warriors Youth Performance Department and First Team squad, passing on their skills, knowledge and advice to those taking part. In partnership with Houses for Homes the success of the project has seen numerous participants’ progress into the clubs scholarship and academy set up.
In partnership with Heart Research UK, the Foundation have provided a unique and engaging programme, teaching children the importance of developing and maintaining a healthy heart. The sessions include both interactive and informative classroom lessons covering learning objectives associated with the heart, heart disease, the importance of exercise, the risks of smoking, and the benefits of healthy eating and lifestyle choices.
Tackle your Memory (Dementia awareness)
The Foundation works with the 5 Boroughs Partnership to help raise awareness of dementia and support those who suffer from the mental health issue. Alongside match day promotion to raise awareness of the syndrome, players have been visiting local care homes using true reminiscence therapy, past sporting stories and memories related to Wigan and Rugby League to improve mental health and wellbeing.
In partnership with Wigan and Leigh Homes, the Health Warrior project has seen the development of a consistent approach to tenant engagement in Health, Lifestyle and Educational activities across the communities that we serve. The partnership continues to support an extensive number of children, young people and adults into participating in positive activity.
Everything is possible
In partnership with international organisation ‘Everything is Possible’, the project provides funded work experience worldwide for young people and adults. In 2017 the WWCF has provided the opportunity for over 50 disadvantaged young people, to visit locations across the world including Martinique, Valencia and Sweden, in which they embrace a brand-new learning and cultural experience through sports coaching of local youngsters.
Fur Clemt (meaning “I’m Hungry” in local dialect) is a project that is a response to food poverty within the communities that WWCF serve. In consultation with a number of surrounding schools and key community figures, some significant concerns were raised about children not receiving suitable nutrition in school holidays i.e. they had no food when schools didn’t provide it.
Furthermore, it emerged that issue was not isolated to children but to parents, grandparents and other family members who were sacrificing regular meals to feed their children.
The project was masterminded by Shirley Southworth and Ann Fairhurst and supported in its origin by the Foundation. The project has grown significantly in the last two years thanks to the hard work of Shirley and Ann and the WWCF continues to provide close support in helping Fur Clemt to make a truly life changing impact on our local community.