23rd February 2021, 13:07 | Wigan
Wigan Warriors Community Foundation have hailed their half-term sessions a huge success with over 350 children involved covering 65 community clubs.
The sessions are set to continue every Wednesday aptly named ‘Warrior Wednesday’ and are designed to keep children active during lockdown half-term via a free virtual open access training programme.
There were three 90-minute online sessions on offer which were split based on primary and high school age lines, for boys and girls, ranging from ages 5-16 years.
The sessions were delivered by Foundation staff and Wigan Warriors and England Women players such as Rachel Thompson.
Wigan Warriors Community Development Officer, Danny Fullerton, said: “The Foundation recognises how important it is to make a positive impact engaging with children during lockdown.
“As a team we are successfully doing that with the previous Winter Warrior programme that engaged with other 500 children and on Wednesday with over 350 kids being active and having a lot of fun at the same time. It’s fantastic to see.”
Wigan Warriors Women’s Captain Rachel Thompson, who delivered the girls’ virtual session, added: “The sessions went really well, and we had great interaction with the girls. There were around 40 girls from lots of different teams that joined in.
“The girls were great at getting stuck in with the drills and skills and had a smile on their faces doing some fitness. Although these are difficult times at the moment, it was great to see that they are still wanting to interact and work hard on their Rugby.
“The Women’s first team players were a massive help in providing those smiles. They were great with the girls and they all brought something different – it was great and refreshing to see.”
Jack Elwick, a Wigan fan who plays for Wigan St Judes ARLFC Under-12s, said: “I found the sessions really fun, and I really enjoyed today. I was glad to see some of my mates also taking part.
“The best parts of the session were all the fun challenges we did that make me think and improve my skills. I’m really glad there are more sessions to come.”
Starting on Wednesday 24th February, the Foundation will deliver more open access rugby-related training sessions to boys and girls aged 5-16 years. Find out more and sign up here.
The majority of community players who took part in the half-term sessions on Wednesday represented their club kits, with 67 rugby clubs represented overall, including some from the midlands, London and Wales.