Wolves in the workplace
Warrington Wolves players were put through their paces last week but this time not on the rugby field.
First team fringe players James Saltonstall, Gene Ormsby and Ryan Shaw have represented the Wolves' Academy and partner club Swinton Lions on the pitch so far this season but took some time out last week to complete work placements at local Warrington companies.
James visited Total Steelwork and Fabrications Ltd, Gene spent time at Touchline UK and the Coach House Brewery took on Ryan for the week.
All three players enjoyed their experiences out in the world of work and emphasised how valuable the opportunity was in opening their eyes to how fortunate they are to be on the professional sports pathway. They all enjoyed the experience and have now gained an insight into their respective industries.
Mike Lomax, of Total Steel, on the concept of the work placements said: "We like to support the academy players; we did it last year with James Laithwaite and it gives them an understanding of how lucky they are to be a Wolves player. To come into a workshop like ours and work in these conditions will hopefully give them the incentive to work hard at making the first team and to make career out of it. We will get on board each time to support these lads because it's a credit to the town that we are bringing young lads through; that's what the aim is, to have academy players coming through pushing for first team instead of bringing in overseas players. It is nice to see this development as it's very important to the town."
He added: "James did really well. We tried to make it as interesting as we could. It was an eye opener for him to see what the industry is all about - it is tough. He did well and was quite competent. Another big thing is fitting in with the team, the team ethic, as it's not just relevant on the field it's off it as well and he had that in him."
Similarly Nicola Fisher, director at Touchline, said on Gene's time at the company. "He was fantastic, fitted in well and was very down to earth. It was a pleasure to have him here. We always like to support local teams and from our point of view it's also good to have Warrington Wolves support giving us the opportunity to work with someone who is a professional sportsman. It brought it home to him, I think, and made him realise how hard it can be."
Warrington Wolves Vice President Tony Gandy of Coach House Brewery said that it is a credit to the club that placements such as these have been arranged for the young players.
"It's a good thing. A lot of them aren't going to get any training other than in Rugby League so it's good to see Warrington Wolves helping young players into industry and training."
He added: "Ryan came completely raw to the brewing industry....He fitted in with all the lads and got on well with them."
The work placements are part of the club's welfare programme. All young players who currently train with the first team will experience a full weeks work in a different vocation. The experience the players gain is invaluable for their personal development. The club would like to thank all work-placement providers for accommodating the players.
Pictures: Top to bottom: James Saltonstall at Total Steelwork, Gene Ormsby at Touchline, Ryan Shaw at Coach House Brewery
16, Jun, 2013