In an exclusive event held at Tesco Hindley, a group of lucky young Warriors fans got the change to quiz first team players Feka Paleaaesina, Mark Calderwood, Paul Prescott and Eamon O’Carroll at a Junior Fans Forum, the first of its kind by the club held in conjunction with Tesco, Wigan Warriors main community sponsor.
The inquisitive group of fans aged from 3 up to 11 years of age bombarded the players with a host of questions in a specially set up press conference arena in the customer café at Tesco Hindley on Cross Street.
The questions came thick and fast and covered all topics. “Would you rather beat St Helens or win the lottery?” – Mark Calderwood bravely replied “Win the lottery”!!! And in answer to the question “Do you eat pies?” the answer was a resounding “Yes”!! – Feka likes them all, Paul’s favourite is chicken and mushroom, Eamon’s is cheese and onion and Mark prefers meat and potato! In fact food featured highly in a number of questions with Feka admitting to eating 6 to 8 Weetabix for breakfast!!
The biggest cheer of the evening though went to the response to the question “What do you sing after you have won a match?” when the players bravely managed a sing-song, with all four harmonising to “We are Wigan Warriors”!
After the event Feka Paleaaesina said; “It’s great to get out and meet some of the fans who cheer us on every week, especially the youngsters whose support means so much to all of us. The event was great fun and after some of those questions I think we may have a few budding sports reporters in the area!”
All the children who attended the event got the chance to personally meet the players afterwards, collect autographs and take photos, with one lucky fan, seven year old Blake Graham from Westhoughton, winning a Warriors shirt signed by the whole team.
The event is one of many that will be taking place over the year as part of the continued work Tesco are carrying out in conjunction with Wigan Warriors to promote the game of Rugby League, healthy living and healthy eating to children across the region.