This Summer the Wigan Warriors Youth Performance team will be running summer performance carnivals for young players who have the ambition to play for Wigan Warriors.
These sessions are designed to mirror our scholarship programme, giving players an opportunity to showcase their skills within the youth performance programme.
Players will attend a variety of sessions that are designed to assess the players’ current ability levels and develop these in a challenging and learning environment. All players that attend the carnivals will take part in the following sessions which have all been designed purposefully to assess and develop young players’ current abilities.
- Rugby League Skill Assessment
Players will complete a variety of skill assessments with feedback from the youth performance Rugby coaches.
- Rugby League Skill Expansion
Players will have various skill expansion opportunities where coaches will lead sessions to help improve the players’ skills based on the assessments completed.
- Physical Movement Assessment
Players will complete a variety of physical movement assessments with feedback from the youth performance Strength and Conditioning Coaches.
- Physical Movement Expansion
Players will have various physical movement opportunities where Strength and Conditioning coaches will lead sessions to help improve the players’ physical movement skills.
- Positional Specific Expansion
Players will analyse video of first team players in their position and then be involved in skill expansion sessions where they will focus on improving the positional specific skills.
- Game Specific Expansion opportunity
All players will be involved in the games-based fixtures to complete the carnival, they will have the opportunity to express their skills in a competitive game environment lead by the youth performance staff.
Each session is designed to highlight potential Scholarship/Academy/Reserves and First team players.
These sessions will be run as a three-day carnival and players will register for the full carnival programme. Due to the nature of these sessions spaces are limited to ensure high quality is provided to the players, sessions are limited to participants and places will be on a first come first served basis.
The carnival sessions will take place on the following dates through the summer:
- Thursday 28th July
- Thursday 11th August
- Thursday 25th August
All carnival sessions will run as the below schedule:
- 9am – 10:30am U14s / Y9 – Boys
- 11am – 12:30pm U15s & 16s / Y10/11 – Boys
- 11am – 12:30pm U12, 13, 14, 15 & 16s – Girls
- 2pm – 4pm U13s / Y8 – Boys
(All year groups are based on school year 2021/22)
Speaking on the new concept, Shane Eccles Junior Player Development Manager said: “We are looking forward to the chance to have more players involved in our youth performance pathway this summer. We have revamped our ETP performance programmes to provide more of an insight to players into what it is like to be involved in our scholarship and academy system. This gives players an opportunity through summer to experience being a Wigan Warriors youth performance player and whilst doing so will develop their skills in a variety of elements.”
He added: “All players who attend the Performance Carnival sessions will be involved in Rugby Skill development through both Practice and Small sided competitive games. Players will also have the opportunity to work with our Youth Performance Strength and conditioning staff where they will work on a variety of fundamental movement skills that are required to be a rugby league player. These sessions will mirror our scholarship programme to give players an insight into what players in our youth performance system go through on a weekly basis. Our aim is to help develop and improve players rugby skill and movement skill”