Wigan Warriors are pleased to announce a new Training Kit partnership with GIB, who will appear on the sleeves of all Wigan Warriors team training wear.
The initial one-year deal will see the GIB logo feature on the sleeve of the 2024 Kappa training wear, which will be worn by all Warriors teams.
Unlike many of Wigan’s kit sponsors, GIB is not a business but denotes from the initials of Wigan Warriors fan Glyn Briscoe, brother of former Warrior Shaun Briscoe.
Glyn struggled with various complex conditions in his life from the age of 8 when he was diagnosed with a brain tumour. That led to further complications in later life including loss of sight, speech, ability to eat or drink and the ability to use the right hand side of his body.
Doctors initially didn’t expect him to make it past his 18th birthday but he surpassed expectations and lived to the age of 38 before his condition finally got the better of him.
Glyn went to primary school with Warriors Head Coach Matt Peet and his dad went to school with Matt’s mum. His favourite Wigan players were Kris Radlinski and Sean O’Loughlin and Glyn was a proud Season Ticket Holder for a few years when his condition allowed him to attend games.
Before Glyn passed away, Shaun promised Glyn that one day he would get his GIB logo on the Wigan Warriors Kit. The logo is made up of Glyn’s passions, Rugby League (Oval ball/shape), being British (Union Jack), Lego (font style) and his family (His initials).
His brothers Shaun and Dean and Sisters Lindsay and Kirsty have all combined to do this in his memory and as a surprise for his mum Elaine and Dad Carl, who were told on what would have been Glyn’s birthday in August.
The Briscoe’s wanted to try and help a charity that helped Glyn during his life and have selected Wigan based company ‘One Vision’ to try and support. If any Wigan fans would like to support, they can help make a difference to people’s lives and read more HERE. They will also be doing a bucket collection at one of the games in 2024.
Lindsay Briscoe, Glyn’s Sister, said: “Glyn was Wigan Warriors through and through, from being a child celebrating the success of the early 90’s to being a Season Ticket Holder in the West Stand in recent years – his love of the Club never wavered. Before he passed away, he was promised that one day we would get his logo on the team attire and as a family we are delighted that we have been able to do this in his memory.
“Over his life we have been fortunate that many different groups have supported him on his journey and would love to have helped them all, but we have selected ‘One Vision’ to support through the partnership with the Club to try and help them help more people like they did Glyn.”
She added: “He would be so excited that his logo will be worn by the first team, never mind the whole Club and would have told everyone that he came into contact with about it. Glyn would also have worn it with pride as he always did in Cherry and White. Thank you to everyone at Wigan for making this dream a reality for him and we can’t wait for the 2024 season to start.”
On the partnership, Chief Executive Kris Radlinski said: “Everyone within the Wigan Rugby League Community would undoubtedly be familiar with Glyn. His passion for both life and Rugby League served as an inspiration to all.
“Glyn, accompanied by his remarkable family, travelled the globe to witness the sport he held dear. The fact that Shaun, Dean, Lindsay, and Kirsty have chosen to honour their brother in such a manner is genuinely touching. We can assure them that our players will represent his legacy with pride and the utmost honour.”
Header Photo: Nathan Lowe and George O’Loughlin wearing the Kappa Academy training wear which will be worn by Wigan Warriors Academy and Community teams.