"Yes" to StadiumThe Councils Development Control Committe gave a unanimous "Yes" to the joint Stadium and Tesco store development project at a meeting on Thursday evening.The drawn out saga of the Stadium campaign was finally given the go-ahead with detailed planning permission being heard and passed by the eight members of the committee. The campaign has seen an initial Development Control meeting passing the decision on to the Secretary of State, and then to a public inquiry. The Inspectors report, which was finally released almost twelve months a go, gave the "thumbs up" to the planning with some stipulations. With the club, council and Tescos all working hard behind the scenes to affect an amicable solution and some 90 odd revisions of the Stadium plans later the final hurdle has been taken. Work on the joint venture is planned to start sometime in January with the Stadium and Store due for completion later in the year.
Macmillan Wolves CharityWarrington Wolves have chosen Macmillan Cancer Relief (Warrington) as their charity for TetleyĂs Super League Viii. Macmillan Cancer Relied is an UK wide charity committed to helping improve cancer services for people with cancer and supporting their families. Macmillan works in partnership with the NHS to fund local services where they are needed most.
Macmillan provides care, support and information:
- Through nurses and doctors,
- In cancer units and information centres,
- With information material and telephone information line,
- Macmillan also provides grants for people in financial difficulties because of their illness.
The Wolves have released Leroy Rivett, 25 from his contract through mutual agreement. Rivett signed for the Wolves last season on a two year deal and made 9 appearances for the first team scoring a try. Rivett spent loan spells at Chorley Lynx and Doncaster Dragons in the NFP.
Gaskell Aims for the First Team
The Wolves have signed Dean Gaskell, 19 on a one year first team contract. Dean signed with the Wolves Academy in June and made his first team debut against St.Helens in August. Unfortunately, in that game Dean injured his Achilles andwas sidelined for the rest of the season. Gaskell is a former Wigan St. PatrickĂs amateur who spent three years with the Wigan Warriors Junior Academy. Dean is a utility player who prefers to play on the wing. Dean is looking forward to the new season with the club, "Warrington has a good junior set up and I have enjoyed being in it, I have been really happy here and I am looking to break into the first team as much as possible this season. I see this move for me as a good opportunity to improve my game." Paul Cullen commented, "Dean Gaskell is an outstanding young athlete whoĂs attitude and professionalism is already an example too many of the senior players. We aim to help him release his immense potential."
Sportsmatch/Scottish Power Girls Play LeagueWarrington Wolves, will launch their new programme ŠSportsmatch/Scottish Power Girls Play LeagueĂ (G.P.L), with the help of Warrington born England cricketer, Neil Fairbrother and World Cup Winner, Roger Hunt MBE on Monday 3rd December 2002 at 10:00am in the Playing For Success Centre at Wilderspool Stadium. The Wolves are the first professional club to launch an initiative specifically aimed at female participation in sport. It is hoped, through this project to increase the participation levels of girls in grass roots rugby league within the townĂs secondary schools.Warrington Wolves received a fantastic response from the girls within their TRY HARD (secondary school level rugby league) and PRIMARY LINK (primary school level rugby league) programmes. As a result from the first year within the ŠTRY HARD PROGRAMMEĂ, a girlĂs festival was piloted with teams from Years 8 and 9 from six of the local high schools taking place. To build on this important development, the Wolves have developed a girl-oriented project to ensure that the girls are given a further opportunity to improve their rugby league skills.The project entitled Sportsmatch/Scottish Power-G.P.L aims to encourage girls from Year 7-9 in secondary schools to take part in rugby league skills training and team development, through coaching sessions, which will form part of their P.E curriculum.Educational studies have shown that there is a tendency for girls aged 11-14 (Years 7-9) to 'drop outĂ of participating in extra curricular sporting activity. The purpose of this project is to maintain and boost their interest in sports and give them the opportunity to develop their skills in teams and competitions specifically for girls.The Wolves have proven track record in encouraging and developing female participation in rugby skills, emphasised in the success of the recent Girls festival.The project will be co-ordinated by the Wolves Community Development Officer Jane Banks, a GB international and Bradford Ladies second rower. Jane commented on the launch of the programme, "This is an important development in improving the pathways for girls into international top flight rugby league, by encouraging and promoting the opportunity to take their interest in the sport further. We are fostering an aptitude for teamworking and skills development through our work with the high schools in the area."
Wolves Millennium VolunteersIvan Lewis, MP the Parliamentary under Secretary of State for Young People and Learning, has commended seven Warrington Wolves Community Development Coaches for completing a 100 hours as a Millennium Volunteer with Sports Network North West. The following coaches have worked with in the clubĂs PRIMARY LINK programme (coaching rugby league in the townĂs primary schools): Emma Jones, Sarah Tones, Matty Bryers, Steven Pickersgill, Michael Johnson, Richard Hough and Jonathan Knight.The Millennium Volunteers Sports Network North West is a project to support young people volunteering in Sport. It is a regional initiative financed and supported by the Department for Educational and Employment, Sport England and other partners to develop sport volunteering in North West England. It has been described as an exciting project, which brings together local authorities and Governing Bodies of sport in the region, together with a range of sporting, disability, and training and young peopleĂs organisations in a partnership under the banner Millennium Volunteers Sports Network North West.The project has given the volunteers an opportunity to meet new people, have fun and at the same time receive training and qualifications. It also provides opportunities to help at events; train to be a coach; referee, participate as a sports administrator; develop sporting IT skills; get involved in research, planning, sports leadership or event organisation.Chief Executive Andy Gatcliffe awarded all seven coaches their certificates, "Warrington Wolves continues its commitment to the Community and we are very pleased that Ivan Lewis MP, has commended 7 of the ClubĂs Community Development Coaches. These young Coaches have taken the enjoyment of Rugby League into the Primary Schools giving great fun to all of the children that participated."
Gleeson makes it 5Warrington Wolves have re-signed hooker Mark Gleeson, 20 on a one year deal. The signing of Mark takes Paul CullenĂs pre-season signings up to four with having already signed Mike Wainwright from Salford, Brent Grose from South Sydney Rabbitohs and Ian Sibbit from Melbourne Storm, with PaulĂs fifth being Warren Stevens who signed at the end of the TetleyĂs Super League Vii. Gleeson left the club in May to travel Australia visiting friends and family where he continued to play rugby league at town level. Mark joined pre-season training with the Wolves last week.Mark signed for the Wolves originally in 1999 to the Academy from the Wigan amateur club, Ince St. Williams. He progressed through the ranks and made his debut at Super League level last year against Bradford Bulls (04/08/01) scoring a try on his debut. Until is departure in May Mark made 3 full and 4 substitutes, scoring 4 tries.Gleeson last season proved to be a popular player with the Wilderspool crowd and was voted among the Junior fans as the ŠMost Improved playerĂ have played 21 games out of 23 in Super League V for the Academy scoring 13 tries. The two games that he did not participate in that year where due to a Lancashire Academy and first team training commitment.Mark was delighted at the prospect of Super League Viii with the Wolves,"IĂm looking forward to coming back to the Wolves next season, I have already been in pre-season training which is going well. I am hoping to make the first team on a regular basis and push for a top 5 position."Head Coach, Paul Cullen commented,"Mark is a young player with immense potential, whoĂs future is definitely in front of him and whoĂs talent we need to realise. It provides genuine competition for the dummy half spot."
Wolves Gear Up for New Season with 3 FriendliesThe Wolves will be taking part in three pre-season friendlies as a warm up to Tetley's Super League VIII. The Wolves will play Widnes Vikings in the first game on Boxing Day for the second year running at Halton Stadium, Widnes. The second game will be against NFP Grand Final losers, Leigh Centurions on Sunday 5th January 2003 at Wilderspool Stadium. The final friendly will take place against London Broncos at Wilderspool Stadium on Sunday 2nd February 2003.Wire FM Boxing Day ChallengeWidnes Vikings v Warrington WolvesHalton Stadium, WidnesK.O 3:00pmPrices: ˙10.00 Adult, ˙5.00 Child/ConcessionSunday 5th January 2003Warrington Wolves v Leigh CenturionsWilderspool Stadium, WarringtonK.O 3:00pmPrices: Brian Bevan: ˙12.00 Adult, ˙6.00 Child/ConcessionGround: ˙10.00 Adult, ˙5.00 Child/ConcessionSunday 2nd February 2003Warrington Wolves v London BroncosWilderspool Stadium, WarringtonK.O 3:00pmPrices: Brian Bevan: ˙12.00 Adult, ˙6.00 Child/ConcessionGround: ˙10.00 Adult, ˙5.00 Child/Concession
Early Bird Season Ticket OfferSuper League VIII - Final Year at WilderspoolBevan Stand - Adult ˙170Bevan Stand - Concession ˙80Bevan Stand - Wolfpack ˙45Ground - Adult ˙120Ground - Concession ˙60Ground - Wolfpack ˙25Normal Match prices:Bevan Stand - Adult ˙17, Concession ˙8Ground - Adult ˙12, Concession ˙6Allstrong>full paying adult Earlybird applicants will also receive a ˙10 voucher towards a Wolves replica shirtCall the Ticket Hotline on 01925 235005 or visit the Wolf Ware shopPrices held until 2nd November 2002
Stevens ReturnsThe Wolves have signed former player Warren Stevens, 23 from NFP club Whitehaven. Warren has been signed on a one-year deal with a one-year option and is likely to feature in the line up this weekend. The 6Ă3 prop forward signed for the Wolves as an Academy player in 1996 from the amateur club, Orrell St James, making his debut against Bradford Bulls at the age of 17. Warren went on to represent the GB Academy side in 1997 against France. During his time with the club he made 33 appearances for the first team (between 1996 ű 1999).Warren spent 1999/ 2000 season playing for an Australian countryside team, Lower Clarence in the south of Brisbane under the coach Peter Fitzgerald, returning to the UK and signing for Salford in 2000 spending a season with the club, before going to Whitehaven for the 2001 season. Stevens has made a name for himself at the NFP club becoming a consistent performer and rated as Šone of the best players playing outside of Super League at the momentĂ.Paul Cullen commented, ˘At 23 years of age, WarrenĂs career is in front of him and I see this as making a return on the investment in an outstanding young player.÷Warren was delighted to return to Warrington, ˘I have worked hard on my game over the last six months at Whitehaven and have been given a chance to prove myself at Warrington. This is a brand new start for me and I am very confident and the fittest IĂve ever been. Paul Cullen gives me confidence and I hope to be able to repay him with my power, speed, defence and ability to offload.÷