Rugby stars inspire youngsters to get active
Published by Laura Beckett for Halton Housing Trust in Housing and also in Communities, Education
Head Coach Denis Betts with a local youngster
More than 120 children played rugby with the professionals this week thanks to the Widnes Vikings, Halton Housing Trust, Medicash and Brewers Fayre.
The Trust donated £1000 to the popular Widnes Vikings Summer Camp, which sees local youngsters learn passing, kicking and ball skills from some of the regions most talented players.
Ben Cross, aged 12, came along to the event. He said: “I’ve learnt lots and it will help me as I already play rugby for the West Bank Bears. My favourite part of the day was meeting all the players, as I go to all the Vikings matches.”
The Summer Camp ran over three days and attracted children from Widnes, Runcorn and Warrington. Participants were given signed t-shirts and poster as a memory of the day and a free ticket to watch the Vikings in their final Super League match of the current season against Warrington Wolves.
Teresa Tierney, Director of Housing Services, said: “We became a sponsor of the Widnes Vikings because they are a fantastic asset to the community. The Trust is more than happy to support the Summer Camp because it helps local children get into sport and hopefully inspires them to lead a fit and active lifestyle.”
Head Coach Denis Betts understands the importance of sport for young people. He said: “It’s essential that the club engages with young people, as they are vital to the future of the Vikings – they could be our future players. If we can find a way to inspire young people to take up the game and also build on the success of the Olympics, then this is great.”
For further information about The Widnes Vikings’ work in the community, please contact Ben Morris, Vikings Community Co-ordinator on 0151 495 2250.