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TRY HARD Warrington is a progressive, high profile programme delivered by the Stobart Super League club Warrington Wolves, YMCA Training and Wooden Spoon, the Children's Rugby Charity.
The TRY HARD programme targets young people at risk of exclusion and anti-social behaviour, introducing them - often for the first time - to touch and contact rugby league whilst also providing participants with the opportunity to access personal and social development programmes, educational support, vocational training programmes and workforce development apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities.
The programme is funded by the Goodman Foundation, which provides meaningful, long-term support to not-for-profit organisations. With their assistance, organisations such as the Warrington Wolves Foundation help facilitate social change by providing long term help and financial donations to improve the well-being of their local communities for future generations.
TRY HARD Warrington's delivery team, including Neil Kelly, Director of Warrington Wolves Foundation, are aiming to recruit at least 120 young people over the next 3 years onto this unique education and training programme. Although the ultimate goal is helping participants - aged between 16 and 19 - into full-time work or education, TRY HARD Warrington is also about developing talents and life skills so that young people can contribute to society in whatever they choose to do in the future.
YMCA Training also has a strong presence in the Warrington area and are pleased to be working in partnership with Wooden Spoon and Warrington Wolves on the TRY HARD programme.
The project was officially launched at half-time of the Stobart Super League match between Warrington Wolves and Hull FC on Sunday 24th June at The Halliwell Jones Stadium which Warrington won 40-18 to add to the occasion for all present!
This is the first Rugby League club that Wooden Spoon have partnered with to launch one of its successful community programmes, but it is planned, through help from The Rugby Football League Foundation, that similar projects will be rolled out to more Stobart Super League clubs in the near future.
After the match, TRY HARD Warrington Ambassador Adrian Morley said,
'The Rugby League family has long looked after its own and TRY HARD Warrington is another great example of this. By working together with Wooden Spoon, YMCA Training and the Goodman Foundation, the Wolves Foundation will provide a real opportunity for young people from Warrington to find work or a route back into education. I am very proud to be representing the club on this project and can't wait to see what the TRY HARD team can achieve.
Jai Purewal, Development Director, Wooden Spoon Community Projects said,
'Wooden Spoon is pleased to be working with the TRY HARD Warrington team. Together we hope to provide young people in the area with a significant and sustainable opportunity to change their lives for the better. I wish Neil and the TRY HARD Warrington delivery team well and look forward to meeting project beneficiaries and sharing in their success over the coming months.'
Kate Lefever, HR Director, Goodman UK, said,
'We are delighted to be supporting this inspiring education and sports training programme as it captures the heart of the Foundation's objective to create meaningful opportunities for young people. Goodman believes that building firm relationships with the wider community is instrumental to our business.'
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