Vikings host Game Changer Day

Vikings host Game Changer Day

28th September 2017

Widnes Vikings welcomed Holy Family and Oakfield primary schools to the Halton Stadium, for a brilliant Game Changer celebration day on 21st September.

Led by the Vikings’ award-winning Community staff, both schools took part in activities that promoted positive, healthy lifestyles. The event was a fitting celebration of the incredible programme that sees the Vikings work in schools across Halton, inspiring over 3000 local children. 

The school children were joined by Vikings first team stars, Patrick Ah Van, MacGraff Leuluai, Brad Walker, Chris Dean, Chris Bridge, Olly Ashall, Jay and Ted Chapelhow, Lloyd White and Rhys Hanbury. The players got stuck into all the games and activities, from supporting children to learn how to ‘Eat Like A Pro’ to taking part in a Haka!

Gamechanger is delivered in partnership with NHS Halton Clinical Commissioning Group and Improving Me, the Cheshire and Merseyside Women’s and Children’s Services Vanguard.

Liam Clark, Head of Education at Widnes Vikings, says: “The event was a fantastic celebration of the innovative programme that we deliver in schools every week. We were delighted with the feedback from the children and teachers at Holy Family and Oakfield, who all took a lot from the day and had great fun. 

“A huge thank you must go to the first team squad, who were fantastic in engaging the children on how to lead healthy lifestyles. We’re looking forward to hosting more days like this in the future, as well as building upon the successes of Game Changer in Halton.” 

Richard Munson, Community and Commercial Director at Widnes Vikings, says: “Gamechanger is a groundbreaking programme that is helping to transform the health and wellbeing of children across Halton. We are very proud of the partnership with the Improving Me vanguard and the impact that we are making together. It was fantastic to be able to celebrate the impact of the programme and to inspire the young children at this special event.”

Catherine McClennan, Programme Director for Improving Me, says: “The Improving Me programme aims to improve the health and wellbeing of women and children across Cheshire and Merseyside through activity, social inclusion and education. At the heart of this effort in Halton is Gamechanger. We have been delighted by the passion and enthusiasm from the children for the programme and to see the excellent results it has achieved. We'd like to thank the team at Widnes Vikings for creating such a special celebration day."

Vikings host Game Changer Day