Warriors & Heinz Launch Disability Coaching Programme

Saturday’s game saw the launch of a brand new community initiative titled the Heinz Disability Coaching Programme.

The launch, funded by Heinz, provided a unique opportunity for children with a disability to experience a hospitality day at the JJB Stadium.

The children were provided with a private lounge where they had a buffet along with guest appearances from the Wigan Warriors first team squad in the shape of Joel Tomkins, Michael Withers and man of the match, Pat Richards.

Additionally the children were also presented with a medal and Wigan Warriors goodie bag by the Warriors mascot, Max. The young people had been selected via a link with the Wigan Sport Development Unit and the day acted as a reward and recognition for the tremendous commitment the children have shown to the organisations sporting schemes.

Community Development Manager, John Winder commented,

"Today has been a fantastic opportunity to reward the young people for the tremendous dedication that they have shown to disability sport within the Wigan borough. The day has helped show that sport can be truly inclusive and that everyone can enjoy our great game if given the opportunity".

The new coaching scheme, with the financial support of Heinz and Sportsmatch, will aim to provide young people with a disability the opportunity to access the sport of Rugby League.

Heinz_Day07_170.jpg The scheme will run six weeks of rugby coaching in each of the special schools within the Wigan borough. From this, every participant will be invited to take part in a disability awareness festival whereby children will be given the opportunity to learn and compete in the modified versions of the sport of Rugby League.

Furthermore the scheme, via two additional awareness days, will be opened up to all children within Wigan who have a disability and want to experience the sport. The days will provide a unique opportunity for local people to try the sport for the first time whilst also finding out what additional sporting opportunities are available for people with a disability. The days will be attended by members of the first team squad and the Wigan Wheelchair Rugby Club and will act as a flagship event for the sport.

Winder concluded,

"The scheme is a huge first for the club and for the sport in general in the Wigan area and will provide young people with the opportunity to experience modified versions of the sport for the first time. The initiative will allow us to help service another sector of our community and help spread the positive message of what our great sport has to offer".

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