Service Area Trials a SuccessThe Warrington Service Area (WSA) team have hailed the success of a series of trials to discover the next batch of Rugby League stars.After gaining the Service Area of the year award in 2005 the WSA coaching panel decided to broaden their horizons and they have since worked tirelessly to set up the hugely successful open trials. The team are responsible for the provision of Rugby League in the town, amateur clubs, schools and The Wolves work in partnership in order to ensure that young players maximize their potential within their chosen sport.The trials attracted with more than 250 youngsters from across the North West showing off their skills and talents in matches and training sessions.Today (Friday) see the final open trial of the series with coaches having the arduous tasks of selecting a 20 man squad in each age group to represent the town.Beyond the weekly 80 minutes of Engage Super League the club has forged strong links within the local community and together with schools and sport clubs the ambitious project was devised.Among the established clubs in attendance newcomers from as far a field as Crewe were welcomed. The hordes of youngsters from a variety of sporting background have played in a competitive spirit throughout and the coaches have been delighted with the attitude of all and ability of all the trialists.The club hopes to one day reap the rewards of these trials with the finest players involved following the career path to The Wolves professional ranks.Dave Elliot, Performance Manager at Warrington Wolves said: "It was decided that we need to have a greater push at attracting promising athletes from all sporting backgrounds, and not just rugby league, and to give all young players an opportunity to represent their local Warrington team. There was a great "push" to inform all the local community about the Service Area games, and their part in this process."The work began with letters to all local secondary schools (PE teachers), local amateur club co-coordinators and all age group coaches informing them of the games and of their responsibility to nominate any player they feel would benefit from the service area, and who might have the skills and ability to gain a place of the Warrington Service Area squads.Keen coaches nominated more than 250 players for this seasons trail games and they joined the clubs scholarship stars. Youngsters in age brackets Under 12s, 13s, 14s, and 15s trialed from Wednesday, March 23rd through to Friday, March 31 at local venues Victoria Park, Priestley College, Crosfields Rugby League club andLoushers Lane. 11 high schools nominated players through the programme, and ten clubs, including Rugby Union outfits and the Crewe Steelers chose their finest players.Dave Elliott added: "The Service Area and Warrington Wolves are very pleased with the response they had from, both the high schools and local amateur clubs regarding nominations."There were a lot of "new players" to both the Service Area structure and also to rugby league. Due to this the standard of the trials where very impressive, and selection to the final 20 man squad will be very difficult.
31, Mar, 2006