The Wigan Warriors Community Blitz returns for its third year today, as players, officials and staff volunteer 12 hours of their time to spread some community spirit in time for Christmas.
This year’s project is set to be delivered in conjunction with Wigan Council, having recently launched Our Town, a major campaign aimed at celebrating Wigan borough’s sense of community pride, Wigan Council have given its backing to the ground-breaking project.
Wigan Warriors players, officials and staff are set to spend the entire day travelling around the borough to support a range of deserving projects, chosen from a wide range of community investment fund projects and Our Town initiatives, to spread community cheer prior to Christmas.
In total, the Warriors will be tackling 11 separate projects that include hospital and school visits, community rugby initiatives at the club’s Robin Park Arena hub, working at a local sheltered accommodation, providing supplies for local foodbanks and homeless shelters and supporting mental health and wellbeing initiatives for at-risk groups.
Wigan Warriors Foundation Manager, Mike Wearden: “Community work is at the heart of what we do as an organisation and the Wigan Warriors Community Blitz is a day in which we have the opportunity to showcase some of the work we that we do on our own doorstep throughout the year. The projects we will be working on today are designed to make a real difference and solve some of Wigan borough’s biggest social problems in conjunction with Wigan Council’s Community Investments Fund project.
“In Wigan there are areas that are in the top 5% of deprivation in the country, and we’re hoping to bring some Christmas cheer across the community and put some smiles on some people’s faces. I’d like to thank all our players, for their time later today, and to Kris Radlinski and Adrian Lam for their buy-in and support.
Wigan Warriors, Executive Director, Kris Radlinski: “We are very proud of how the Wigan Warriors Community Blitz has made a significant impact in our community over the last two years. The concept of professional players and staff spending an entire day giving back to the community is something that is unique within professional sport but something we are incredibly proud of. We look forward to rolling our sleeves up and engaging with our local community to deliver another successful and memorable day for both our Club and the local are.”
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