Betfred World Club Challenge Week in pictures

IN THE BUILD-UP to a sold out 2024 Betfred World Club Challenge at the DW Stadium ON Saturday evening, we had a busy week at Robin Park Arena.

Alcedo Care Boys Festival

Monday saw over 180 14-year-old boys participate in a 7-a-side festival at Robin Park Arena.

In the build-up to this event the community foundation has have delivered a weekly training programme for all to access. These sessions have consisted of helping players improve on the new rules that they will need for the new Community Club season. It was great to see all the hard work they have put in over the last few weeks competing in a 7-a-side festival of games. 

The Alcedo Care sponsorship is aligned to our development plan that gives boys aged 12-16 years access to this training program with Community Foundation coaches. 

MA Brickworks Community Club Ambassadors Event & Joint press conference

On Tuesday evening, we hosted a fantastic MA Brickworks Community Club Ambassadors event in the fan village at Robin Park Arena. Young players from local Community Clubs attended, where they got to quiz Wigan Warriors Head Coach Matt Peet and Penrith Panthers Head Coach Ivan Cleary about the Betfred World Club Challenge. The whole Penrith Panthers squad were also in attendance, sparing some time to have pictures and sign shirts with the next generation of young talent.

Prior to the event, Matt Peet and Club captain Liam Farrell sat down alongside Ivan Cleary and Isaah Yeo for a joint press conference at the DW Stadium to lay-out their thoughts to written and broadcast journalists ahead of Saturday’s Showdown.

Past Players Gathering

On Wednesday evening, a group of Wigan Warriors past players joined up in the 1872 Lounge at Robin Park Arena for a relaxed evening of food & drinks, whilst catching up with their former team mates and other players from down the years.

Girls Training session

Also on Wednesday, 400 players across all ages from the Girls Community game joined up with Wigan Warriors Greenmount Project Girls Academy and our CSC2 Betfred Women’s Super League players for a skills based training session at Robin Park Arena. The aspiring young players got to test out their skills alongside the Warriors Women’s representatives, showing the fantastic work of the growth of the Women’s game in the area.

Loch Lomond Legends: Frano Botica

Thursday evening saw Robin Park Arena play host to the latest instalment of our ‘Loch Lomond Legends’ events, this time sitting down with Club legend, Frano Botica, who has been around the town for the week ahead of Saturday’s game.

Botica sat down with CEO Kris Radlinski to talk through his career, alongside plenty of other familiar faces. The full sit down with Frano Botica is available exclusively to Wigan TV subscribers HERE.

Touch Rugby Programme

On Friday, Wigan Warriors Touch rugby programme is seeing a huge rise in new participants wanting to try touch rugby. The junior touch rugby is delivered by Anna Davies who works alongside Kev Hattersley and his team of coaches that deliver the adult touch rugby programme. 

With over 50 juniors and 60 adults regularly attending weekly it’s becoming very popular with participants of all abilities every Friday evening. 

Community Foundation Gameday activities

In 2024 the Community Foundation fan village activities are looking to inspire and connect with the local Community at each home game.

Utilising the fantastic facilities at Robin Park Arena we would like children and families participating in our activities.

On Saturday, ahead of the Betfred World Club Challenge game, over 200 local children took on the activities which included the try scoring inflatable, Wheelchair Rugby League, Davanti passing challenge and some fun skill development challenges. 

Saturday 24 February 2024