WCC Community Rugby Festival

WCC Community Rugby Festival

  • Local junior clubs to take part in rugby festival

  • Robin Park to host inaugural PDRL fixture

  • Lose Weight Feel Great campign also to feature

Sunday 17th February sees all eyes on Wigan Warriors and they look to secure the title World Club Champions for the 5th time in their history. To mark the event, Wigan Warriors Community Foundation are providing an action packed day of rugby that players old and young can take part in before cheering the team on.

Opening the day is the U7, U8, U9, U10 Junior Rugby League Festival. Being staged at local community club, Wigan St Cuthberts ARFLC. Games start at 1:30pm with players getting a chance to showcase their skills and have smiles on their faces prior to the main event.

Community Innovation Manager, Anthony Atherton suggested, “After the overwhelming positive feedback from the pre-match festivals we ran in 2018, Wigan Warriors will once again be inviting clubs from across the community to take part in throughout the 2019 season. Our first festival starts on the afternoon of the World Club Challenge fixture versus Sydney Roosters. We’d like to see as many players from the community enjoying their rugby then cheering the lads on, not to long ago some of our players would have been involved in the festivals!”

Next on the agenda is the inaugural PDRL match for Wigan Warriors, we’ve invited local rival St Helens, to our new training base at Robin Park. The teams will play at 3:00pm on the day and are taking the first step in improving our provisions to the learning and physical disability community.

The project is headed by Health and Wellbeing Manager Claire Taylor who added, “We started the project just 5 months ago and have a great team leading the programme. Head Coach Scott Burns (also Chair of the Great Britain Teachers Association) has been working hard to develop the opportunity and his efforts and enthusiasm have helped us reach this stage. We’re looking at 2019 to be a big year and provide the chance for more and more people to take part in rugby league, whatever the format.”

The last offer before the main event is part of the Lose Weight Feel Great project that is a partnership scheme of work between Wigan Warriors Community Foundation, Wigan Athletic Community Trust and Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles. It uses rugby league as vehicle for men to re-engage with the sport and use the playing and training opportunities as a team to work towards collective weight loss targets.

Darren Marsh, Community Engagement Officer commented, “The programme has made some great strides this year, we’ve seen over 100 men getting back in to the sport and one team in particular the Green Machine collectively lost over 30kg as a group in just 10 weeks and have maintained a more healthy lifestyle away from the programme.”

Then it is all eyes and feet to the DW Stadium for the main event. Each of the events are attached to exclusive and bespoke ticket offers as the community pulls together and cheers the team on!

For Festival opportunities contact: a.wilkinson@wiganwarriors.com

For PDRL details and to play contact: disabilityrugby@wiganwarriors.com

For Lose Weight Feel Great contact: d.marsh@wiganwarriors.com

Wigan’s PDRL team with Adrian Lam

The project is headed by Health and Wellbeing Manager Claire Taylor who added, “We started the project just 5 months ago and have a great team leading the programme. Head Coach Scott Burns (also Chair of the Great Britain Teachers Association) has been working hard to develop the opportunity and his efforts and enthusiasm have helped us reach this stage. We’re looking at 2019 to be a big year and provide the chance for more and more people to take part in rugby league, whatever the format.”

The last offer before the main event is part of the Lose Weight Feel Great project that is a partnership scheme of work between Wigan Warriors Community Foundation, Wigan Athletic Community Trust and Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles. It uses rugby league as vehicle for men to re-engage with the sport and use the playing and training opportunities as a team to work towards collective weight loss targets.

Darren Marsh, Community Engagement Officer commented, “The programme has made some great strides this year, we’ve seen over 100 men getting back in to the sport and one team in particular the Green Machine collectively lost over 30kg as a group in just 10 weeks and have maintained a more healthy lifestyle away from the programme.”

Then it is all eyes and feet to the DW Stadium for the main event. Each of the events are attached to exclusive and bespoke ticket offers as the community pulls together and cheers the team on!

For Festival opportunities contact: a.wilkinson@wiganwarriors.com

For PDRL details and to play contact: disabilityrugby@wiganwarriors.com

For Lose Weight Feel Great contact: d.marsh@wiganwarriors.com

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