Summer Camp Success

  • Wigan Warriors Community Foundation ran another successful 6-weeks of activities over the Summer Holidays.
  • Camps included Rugby League, Away Days, Multi-sports and SEND.
  • Look out for our next Wigan Warriors Camps in October half term.

Wigan Warriors Community Foundation has been busy delivering holiday activities and camps for the duration of the school summer holidays. Over this period the Foundation delivered Rugby League specific camps, multi-sport camps and numerous sessions of the Holiday Activity and Food project (HAF) alongside Wigan Council including our SEND (Special Educational Needs) & Disability specific camps.

In total, the Foundation has worked with over 1000 children and young people between the age of 5-12 across the Wigan borough providing sporting activities and nutritional meals and advice to some of our participants who attended through the HAF project.

Alongside all of the delivery in Wigan, this Summer also saw the Foundation deliver ‘Away’ camps outside of the Wigan borough to continue with our development plan in other areas of the North West. Working alongside Bolton Council to deliver activities in Bolton, and delivery of Rugby League camps in Maryport, Dalton and Egremont with huge success.

Our SEND and Disability camp allows children and young people aged 6-16 who may find attending other provisions difficult an opportunity to engage in sporting activities. These activities help build and develop relationships with other participants and staff, and build confidence and resilience. During our SEND and Disability camp, we were supported by Media Cubs who supported our delivery by doing six weeks’ worth of workshops to prepare participants to become reporters. In the final week of the camps, we held a press conference in the Press office at the DW stadium where participants hosted the press conference and were joined by Wigan Warriors Women’s players Kaitlin Hilton and Georgia Wilson.

Kirsty Day, Media Cubs project lead, said: “This summer with Wigan Warriors has been fantastic and it’s been a joy to see the children at the holiday camp grow in both confidence and curiosity each week. 

“They have been able to get stuck into trying something different at every session – the stop motion films that they created were just amazing and we hope that they carry these new skills forward with them.

“As a result of a diverse set of activities we were able to support them to grow in confidence, which has taken a big knock during the pandemic, and increase their skill set and understand that their views and opinions matter.

Mike Stoneley, Community Outreach Officer, added: “It has been an extremely busy period for the Community Foundation that has required a highly coordinated approach. It has been great to see so many children and young people attend for the duration of the 6 week holidays, with a majority of these children and young people attending multiple weeks across the summer.”

Wigan Warriors Community Foundation will be back in October half term to deliver more Rugby League camps and then in November we will be launching our Winter Warrior programme.