Warriors reach out to Lancashire

Warriors reach out to Lancashire

  • Ten primary and one secondary school from Blackburn with Darwen and Chorley receiving Warriors Foundation coaching

  • More than 400 primary stars pupils enjoy their first taste of Rugby League thanks to our partnership

  • New job opportunity for a Rugby League Development Officer to expand this work into the Preston area

The 2020 domestic rugby league season has only just begun for Wigan Warriors but over in Lancashire, the sport has been blooming for a number of months.

Midway through the 2019 season, Wigan Warriors Community Foundation and Blackburn Rovers Community Trust joined forces to develop East Lancashire, a relatively untouched area for rugby league; giving people more and better opportunities to engage with the game and to get active.

The partnership is supported by the Rugby Football League and the Rugby League World Cup’s Legacy programme and works alongside Blackburn Rovers Community Trust’s Premier League Primary Stars partner schools, providing rugby league to dozens of primary schools across the Blackburn with Darwen borough and adjoining areas of the Chorley borough.

This exciting new opportunity for the children to discover the sport has seen ten primary schools and one secondary school welcome coaches from the Warriors Foundation to let their pupils see how fast and fun our sport can be, benefiting over 400 children in the area.

Feedback from the concept has been fantastic, with eight of the primary schools joining the Wigan Warriors Ambassadors programme to arrange visits to enjoy games at the DW Stadium as a result.

Among the many positive responses from staff at the schools has been a recognition of the teamwork and behaviour benefits that the Rugby League project has brought to the classes undertaking the coaching sessions, with several saying that they will be incorporating tag rugby into their PE curriculum much more regularly now that they have seen how the adapted version of the sport brings positives to their pupils’ daily lives.

On the back of the fantastic engagement and further demand across the Lancashire region, Wigan Warriors Community Foundation are now working with Preston North End Community and Education Trust (PNE CET) to recruit for a similar role of Rugby League Development Officer to develop and grow the current offer of rugby league in all of its forms across Central Lancashire and beyond.

The exciting new partnership with PNE CET will further develop and increase the presence of both parties throughout all localities of Lancashire by providing opportunities to access rugby league related school provision, holiday and match day activities, healthy recreation and well-being improvement programmes.

For further information on the vacancy please visit https://www.pnefc.net/pnecet/news3/2020/february/vacancy-pnecet-rugby-league-development-officer/

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Thursday 5th March.

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