Development Squad Start Vikings Pathway

Development Squad Start Vikings Pathway

8th August 2017

In recent weeks, over 100 local school children enjoyed taking part in special sessions, introducing them to the Widnes Vikings Development Squad. In the video above, watch volunteers from the group, as well as first team stars, Ted and James Chapelhow, discuss their passion for the programme and the impact it has on local children. 

The Widnes Vikings Development Squad is a unique programme that offers all local school boys in Years 6 – 7 the opportunity to enjoy quality coaching and learn about Rugby League with team-skilled volunteers. For some, this represents an exciting first step on the pathway to becoming a Widnes Vikings player.

The programme, which runs from September to March, is inclusive and open to children of all abilities. It focuses on instilling hard work and respect, as well as promoting genuine enjoyment of the game. The programme has been in existence for almost 50 years and was a starting point for several players who come through the Vikings youth system, including Tom Gilmore and Ryan Ince.

With more than 30 volunteers supporting it, it represents a true community spirit. 

Widnes Vikings youth development programmes have been supported by 34 businesses, who have invested in our – the Pathway Patrons. Thank you to:

Active Halton, Anthony's Travel, Astute Audio Visual, Bramwell Morris, C&C Insurance, Chadwick Lawrence, Cronton Bakery, Electrod UK, FDL Packaging Group, Gerard O'Donnell, Heritage Leisure, Ignition Publications, J.Mallinson, Lol Carr, My Body Fitness, Nation Tyres, Office Bridge Solutions, OM Contractors, Parklands, PCTS UK LTD, Skin Deep Aesthetics, Sleep Tight Beds, Sport 360, Stellar Group, Steppingstone Group, Stobart Group, Tall Security Print, Vikings Development Squad, VIQI, Westend Motors, Widnes Metal Recycling, Woodhouse LTD, Worldwide Hospitality Group.

Development Squad Start Vikings Pathway