Wigan Warriors in conjunction with Tesco and Sportsmatch recently held a Rugby League development day at Westhoughton High School. The day was organised by the Wigan Warriors community team in partnership with the Westhoughton SSCO programme and Westhoughton Lions ARLFC.
The aim of the event was to provide the young people of Westhoughton with an introduction to Rugby League via a Tag festival and coaching activities. The scheme was designed to raise the profile of the sport and encourage young people to participate within the sport at the local club.
It included a series of coaching activities and culminated in a “Warriors Tag Festival” which incorporated all eight primary schools from the area. With over 80 children in attendance the event was a huge success and was run by the community team with some excellent assistance from the local club, school and 14 junior sports leaders from Westhoughton High school.
Additionally the day was attended by the Wigan Warriors first team in the shape of Ben Kavanagh and Darrell Goulding who were on hand to offer advice and present the young people with their well earned medals, certificates and goodie bags.
Community development Manager John Winder said “The day has proved to be a huge success with all children attending learning new skills and having a great deal of fun. Additionally it is hoped that this will provide a good introduction to the sport and encourage the young people to continue to play the sport at their local club”.
The day will now be followed up by a coaching morning at Westhoughton Lions home ground this Saturday at 10.30am where all children who are interested in learning more about the game are welcome to attend.
The morning will be delivered by the Wigan Warriors community team and will incorporate fun coaching activities and games. If you are interested in attending and require further information please contact John Brownlow 01204 846589 or 07770 578526.