Rugby Festival at Abraham Guest

Rugby Festival at Abraham Guest

Tommy Gallagher was representing Wigan Warriors Community Foundation (WWCF) at a recent girls tag rugby festival which was being held in the ultra modern Abraham Guest High School.

Tommy was impressed with the new school and told Warriors,

"The children are being coached in a clean, safe and modern environment. I feel this will help the young players reach their goals and achieve their best levels."

On the high-tech, third generation synthetic pitch which is designed for contact sports training, Tommy met with Martin McLoughlin and Joanna Rowbottom who both were involved with setting up the event.

Martin McLoughlin who is the Service Area Co-ordinator for Wigan and Leigh explained what the Tag Rugby Festival was about;

"Currently in Wigan and Leigh there are no competitive all girl amateur rugby league teams and we (Wigan and Leigh Rugby League Service Area) got together with Wigan Sports Development and the School Sport Partnership Competition Manager Joanna Rowbottom as well as the WWCF to do our upmost to change this. It is our aim to have two competitive all girl teams by next year"

Explaining about what they wish to achieve by the partnership Joanna Rowbottom told Warriors,

"Local girls have a need for rugby league but for girls it is not as accessible as it is for boys. So we want to change this by running tag festivals before eventually contact festivals.  Hopefully we'll generate enough interest and they'll enjoy it enough to carry in on. This would be great for them as it is a great way to get active, but also supply girl teams with enough players to enter future competitions such as the champs."

Joanna finished by adding,

"Its great having the WWCF involved, there is a buzz in the air when the famous Wigan Warriors is mentioned. The foundation coaches, Tommy and Dave Clark do a great job delivering in the Schools."

Please note WWCF are excited about holding their first ever Race Night on Thursday 25th November with doors opening at 6:30pm, so why not join us and support the WWCF.

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