We were SO proud to award our Rugby League Manager Lee Mitchell with The Warrington Wolves Foundation Employee of the Year Award at Wednesday’s Warrington Wolves Award Ceremony.
Mitch has been doing some amazing work developing grass roots rugby from primary through secondary schools, not to mention the incredible Priestley Development Academy, all of which is securing the continued development of players into our wonderful sport.
Often the unsung hero of the rugby league offering, the joint work Mitch is doing with Gary Chambers is inspiring and will develop the game so that the town of Warrington, from under-6’s to the Wire first team is the major force in the game. Mitch said;
“I am honoured and humbled to receive this award, which is only possible because of the fantastic team of Lee Westwood, Ryan Cartledge, Alex Bielby, Mark Isherwood, Sam York and our budding young volunteer coaches!
L-R : Peter Astley MBE, Chair of Trustees, office volunteer and participant Jamie Roberts, and Lee Mitchell
“This is a team effort and it’s a pleasure to see the hard work of the rugby league team come to fruition, with fantastic increases in playing numbers across the town. I’m really proud of the quality coaching and delivery of our Pre School Wolf PACK, Primary school, and our recent Holiday Activity and Food camps which have been led by Sam York and Mark Isherwood – all on the back of the great foundations left by the recently departed Danny Williams.
“The success and growth of the Women’s and Girls game in Warrington which Ryan Cartledge is pioneering is leading the way, not just for our town but also for our sport. This feeds in to the Women’s Super League team under the direction of Lee Westwood, who have been unbelievable this season and have really improved defensively this year. This shows in them having finished top of the league, and they look set for success in the playoffs in the coming weeks.
“The quality of high school rugby league improves year on year, to a point where we are now competing nationally on a regular basis. This is coupled with the highest number of players we ever had on our Talent Pathways, meaning we are making sure we develop our players and coaches of the future – although Alex Bielby hasn’t been with us very long, he’s starting to make a real difference in this area.
Finally I would like to mention the fantastic work Mark Isherwood has done with our walking rugby sessions, going above and beyond to really make a difference to a fantastic group of participants who all now have a quality playing opportunity to enjoy each week.
A real team effort, I’m proud of each and every one of them.”
From us all at the Club and the Foundation, a huge well done to you, Mitch, for the impact you have had to date in securing the future growth of rugby league in our town – we can’t wait to see what the future holds!
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