Wolves Win AwardA Wolves scheme, with sponsorship courtesy of Manweb, to introduce Warrington primary schools to rugby league gained a runner-up prize in the Government's Sportsmatch scheme that encourages businesses to get involved in grass roots sport. The programme involving 15,000 children from 75 schools in the area is part of a co-operation and community deal between the club and local utility company Manweb.The Wolves scheme was just beaten in the youth category by a McDonald's sponsorship of Wimbledon Football Club that went on to be the overall winner. Awards were presented by Minister for Sport, Richard Caborn MP, at Headingley stadium on November 14.Manweb provided ú50,000 to develop the programme which involved 1,000 coaching sessions, 20 rugby festivals and a learning through sport programme at key stages 1 and 2 of the national curriculum. Sportsmatch matched the sponsorship with a further ú50,000 which enabled the programme to reach a larger number of children.The Manweb sponsorship was one of 350 projects backed last year by Sportsmatch which matches sponsorship of grass roots sport on a ú for ú basis. Since 1992 Sportsmatch generated sponsorship has put ú55 million into 72 different sports throughout England. More than 3,000 companies have been encouraged to sponsor, the majority for the first time.
15, Nov, 2001