Wigan Warriors Community Foundation have officially launched their innovative I'm a Green Warrior campaign with a unique event at CWM FX Central Park on Thursday.
The bold new campaign will see the Warriors lead the way in decreasing carbon footprint in Wigan. I'm a Green Warrior will engage hundreds of schools, colleges and businesses along with thousands of individuals to take part in the renewable energy agenda.
Schools and businesses from across the UK attended the launch event to show their support for the ground-breaking project. Guests were welcomed by Chairman of the Warriors Foundation Philip Jones who spoke about their delivery in the local community and beyond. Philip was followed by Wigan Warriors Director of Community Wayne Joyce and Andy Chell, School Governor and Energy Consultant, who both spoke about the project and gave details of what will be delivered for schools and businesses who get involved.
Martin Fahey, Sustainable Solutions Manager for the Foundation's new main partner Mitsubishi Electric, was on hand to discuss the importance of reducing energy consumption. Director of Maloney Associates, Keith Maloney (pictured with Martin Fahey) detailed previous case studies and explained how reducing the carbon footprint of a business can be achieved.
Finally, Wigan Warriors Executive Director and Rugby General Manager, Kris Radlinski offered his and the club's support for the campaign which is sure to be the catalyst for promoting a greener community in Wigan.
Commenting on the importance of the new initiative, Director of Community Development Wayne Joyce said:
"We have ambitious plans to make Wigan Warriors Community Foundation one of the most successful foundations both in the UK and internationally. One of the ways we plan to achieve this is by innovating in what we do. The foundation has core objectives surrounding health, well-being, education and improving the quality of people's lives who we support on a daily basis.
"Many people may not see renewable energy and reducing energy consumption as something that has a direct impact on their day to day lives but this new and exciting project will educate and inform members of the local community, businesses and schools of the substantial environmental benefits that can be achieved in both the present time and for future generations to come."
Championing the fantastic work of the Wigan Warriors Community Foundation, MP for Wigan Lisa Nandy said:
"The Warriors Foundation is one of, if not the best, Community Foundation's in the country and the I'm a Green Warrior campaign is another example of the brilliant work they do. Renewable energy not only has the potential to bring down energy bills, it also promotes sustainability and helps us tackle climate change. It is vital that we raise awareness and encourage our children to learn more about the importance of renewables and that is why I am delighted to support this campaign."
Commenting on the innovative campaign, Wigan Warriors Executive Director and Rugby General Manager Kris Radlinski said:
"The name Wigan Warriors is renowned all over the world, we have always been innovators and at the forefront of new ideas and initiatives which is why the I'm a Green Warrior campaign fits so nicely with us. It is great that the club support campaigns like this and we all need to work together, from all of the local organisations involved right through to the first team players, we can all do something to reduce our carbon footprint. Collectively we can have a huge impact."