Jason Nightingale praises work of the Vikings

Jason Nightingale praises work of the Vikings widnesvikings.co.uk

17th November 2016

New Zealand player Jason Nightingale has praised the work of Widnes Vikings as they visisted a school in the Borough yesterday.

Jason, along with Gerard Beale, James Fisher-Harris, Te Maire Martin, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, visited Vikings partner school Holy Family Catholic Primary School to present Sky Try t-shirts ahead of pupils appearing before the Four Nations final on Sunday in Stanley Park.

They were greeted in the room with an English version of the Haka, something that is synonymous with the Kiwis, by the Y6 class at Holy Family, which received a wonderful reception. This was followed by a Q + A session, in which each star was grilled on a number of topics. The Sky Try t-shirts were then presented by the Kiwi stars to the pupils in a fun-filled morning.

St George Illawarra star Nightingale, told of his surprise at the knowledge of the youngsters, and praised the Vikings and their staff for the work they do in the community to promote the sport of rugby league.

"It's been great, they had a great knowledge of rugby league and it was good to see they had an huge interest in us which is brilliant to see and they were hanging off our every word," he said.

"You don't get the opportunity living in Sydney and coming from New Zealand to get to a lot of English schools and it's certainly different to what we're use to back home."

"It's still a little similar and you could see that the children all have a passion for rugby league here, and you can see that Widnes Vikings are doing a good job in getting the word out about the game and we're happy to see that.

"It's important for our game that players such as ourselves do these type of events, and coming to these parts of the world representing New Zealand and promoting our great game. We have got to go out into the local community today and do these type of things, you can see that Widnes Vikings do the same, which is great to see."

To watch a video of Wednesday's event please CLICK HERE.

Jason Nightingale praises work of the Vikings widnesvikings.co.uk