Wigan Warriors ran a number of England Talent Pathway sessions throughout November, offering valuable experience to young players and referees.
As a Club we are passionate and have a long history of developing Rugby League players through our Youth Academy system and this is the first step on our Academy pathway.
Throughout November we ran open access training sessions for players in school years 10 and 11. Some of the players were experienced players playing since they were young and some players that have never played before and come from a school background. Throughout these sessions, we had over 75 participants from all over Wigan, Cumbria and Yorkshire.
Alongside St Helens and Warrington Wolves, over the last few years we have organised games for these players. The format of this was that they play each club and for 30 minutes straight, it’s just a chance for players to play with different people and show what abilities they have when they don’t stick to a game plan and play off the cuff.
The participants had access to 5 weeks of training down at Robin Park with the 3 weekends of fixtures held at Victoria Park Warrington and Orrell St James. The sessions contained core skills such as catching and passing and decision making, tackle technique and different skill games.
It has also been beneficial for Referees who are young to gain experience. We’ve had referees from a young age help touch judge and young officials aged 17/18 take control of the full game.
See below a gallery of one of our recent games: