Warrington Wolves won the Engage Super League 'Club of the Year Award' last evening at the Midland Hotel, Manchester. This Award fully recognises the Club's efforts off the field in developing The Halliwell Jones Stadium to be a template for sports stadia around the country with our sport/health/education and community facilities all working in partnership for the overall benefit of all sections of the boroughwide community.
Off the field, Warrington Wolves Community Development Team, winners of The Outstanding Community Programme in Super League for five of the last six years, has now become the Warrington Wolves Community Learning & Sport Foundation. The Foundation is a Charitable organisation, dedicated to "making a positive impact through sport."
In addition to the traditional 'Outreach' activities such as the wide-ranging coaching and Assembly programmes delivered into Warrington's 73 Primary and 12 Secondary schools, The Foundation is now responsible for the day to day running of the unique Community Learning Floor, housed on the first floor of the North Stand at The Halliwell Jones Stadium. The achievements of the Wolves own Playing for Success Centre illustrate that learning within a unique and stimulating sports stadium environment can build confidence and self esteem in addition to providing measurable academic improvements. Subsequently, the facility has attracted a wide variety of sporting and academic activities which have proved popular with the Warrington public. Courses as diverse as floristry and Tai Chi and Spanish are currently on the Halliwell Jones Timetable.
Warrington Wolves prides itself on being a focal point within the community. There are many schemes and initiatives set up and delivered by the club to a variety of people within the community. They are important for their quality of education and provide enjoyment and inspiration to all that take part.
Chief Executive Andy Gatcliffe commented, "My grateful thanks go to all employees at the Club for their continued hardwork and commitment, as this Engage Super League Club of the Year Award really does demonstrate that the Warrington Wolves profiling continues to grow, both within Rugby League and beyond.
"Mark Hilton, who retired at the end of this season, won the award for 'Support in the Community' for his dedication over the last seven years at the Wolves, which capped a fine career with the club. We are very proud of him for winning this award."