Following last week's news that Warriors Coach Amanda Wilkinson has become the first female in the UK to be awarded the prestigious Level 3 Rugby League Coaching Award, Wigan Warriors are delighted to unveil a new 16-18 Scholarship Programme that has been designed to develop a unique Rugby League performance pathway specifically for girls.
The Wigan Club has a worldwide reputation for the success of its Youth Development Programme with many players making their way through the ranks into the First Team and pursuing successful careers.
Furthermore, the Clubs Central Park Work & Sport Academy lead the way two years ago when it launched the first-of-its-kind and highly acclaimed Rugby League and Education Scholarship programmes, which now boasts over 70 full time students.
Martin McLoughlin, Wigan Warriors Head of Rugby League Development said:
"The new programme represents a real milestone for the sport of Rugby League. For many years we have had great success with our current youth development system, however, the absence of a strong post 16 development pathways for females has seen post 16 participation decrease substantially, both locally and across the North of England. Our aim is to put Rugby League on a level with many other sports who have previously been leading the way.
"It forms part of the clubs strategy to raise the profile of the game and enhance performance pathways for all and it is anticipated that this innovative scholarship will significantly raise the bar nationally for girl's Rugby League competition."
Amanda Wilkinson, who will take on the position of Head Coach with the newly formed Wigan Warriors Girls Rugby League Team, added:
"Through my position within the Wigan Warriors Community Foundation I have long been involved with girls specific development projects, but this ground-breaking scheme transforms our grassroots involvement into giving women and girls a true career opportunity within sport."
The Warriors scholarship is a Full Time two year programme where players will undertake an intensive training and competitive games programme alongside an education programme that provides the knowledge required to perform at a high level within the sport. As part of their ‘Player Performance Programme, players will analyse their technical, tactical, physical and psychological performance in relation to their training and competitive games programme.
Additional key development features are,
- Strength and conditioning programmes suited to individual needs
- Group and individual video analysis plus 1-to-1 feedback
- Technical and tactical defensive and attacking structures
- Core skill breakdown
- Speed, Agility & Quickness and movement patterns specific to RL
- Athletes lifestyle and nutrition planning
Players can select one of the following ‘Education Pathways' and study for a range of vocational or academic qualifications at Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3 dependant on ability and career preference:
Level 3 Education Pathway:
- L3 Diploma in Sports Performance & Excellence with Sports Massage Therapy
- L1 RFL Rugby League Coaching Badge
- L1 & 2 Functional Skills in English & Maths
Level 2 Education Pathway:
- L2 Sports & Leisure with Fitness Instructing & Sports Coaching
- L1 RFL Rugby League Coaching Badge
- L1 & L2 Functional Skills in English & Maths
The scholarship will start in September 2014 and is aimed at female players aged between 16 and 18. Warriors are currently accepting nominations from Schools and Community Rugby League Clubs for a limited number of available places. Successful applicants will also receive a ‘Training Allowance' throughout their scholarship to support with travel and lunch costs.
Boys and mixed-gender courses are also available at the Warriors Sports College at Central Park with more information available by [clicking here].