// Community Foundation Hard at Work
By Warriors Staff
Once again the Community Foundation have been hard at work within our local schools delivering coaching to children across Wigan, Preston and Chorley.
The last two weeks have seen the coaches and schools hard work accumulate in 3 festivals across the area, providing competitive festivals in which over 550 children from 28 different schools have taken part.
Warrior's coaches Bethan Simpson and Tommy Gallagher have been hard at work across Wigan, coaching in over 20 primary schools in preparation for the return of the annual ‘Wigan Warriors Primary Festival' competition.
Speaking about the Festival that took place on the 16th July, Tommy said,
"To have 400 children from 40 different teams compete for the 2012 winner's trophy was great. In the end St. Wilfred's primary school proved too strong with both their year 5 and 6 teams becoming the eventual winners after some very tough and close games throughout. St Marys and St John's primary school also came very close as runners up in both age groups".
The Warriors Community Foundation coach for Preston, Chorley and South Ribble; Mike Wearden, has also been working hard alongside developing amateur clubs Bamber Bridge Bulldogs and Chorley panthers to provide free coaching to their local schools. The Bamber Bridge coaching resulted in a festival of 8 teams and over 80 children, with the overall winners; St. Leonards only just beating Brindle Gregson Lane in the final.
"The coaching sessions will hopefully see a number of participants go on to play down at the respective amateur clubs, whilst Chorley Panthers festival will take place in the new school year. We also ran a High school 9-a-side competition after coaching in the schools, which saw 8 high schools take part and over 90 children playing competitive Rugby League.
"Teams such as Worden and Wellfield form Leyland, were playing in their first ever competitive games of Rugby League and despite the poor weather, the standard of rugby was very high right across the board. In the end however, slightly more experienced schools Lostock Hall and All Hallows pulled ahead to finish joint winners with a draw in the final game".
The Warriors Community Foundation team are now in full swing of their busy and exciting summer coaching camp and Festival of Rugby schedule. Make sure you don't miss out on your place at one of our many camps or festival by booking today on 0871 66 33 552 or by [clicking here]