04 Oct Super League Champions Join Healthy Stadia!
We are pleased to announce that Super League Champions 2010, Wigan Warriors, have recently been recognised by the European Healthy Stadia Network.
The award, which has been specifically awarded to the Co-operative Community Stadium (Orrell), recognises the Warriors promotion of healthy lifestyles, social and environmental initiatives that contribute to improved levels of Public health amongst fans, stadia workforces and the local community.
The innovative new project, supported by Wigan Leisure & Culture Trust, HM Partnerships and NHS Ashton, Leigh and Wigan, aims to embed the strategic objectives of all the partners into the practices of participating stadia.
Speaking on behalf of NHS Ashton, Leigh and Wigan, Dr Kate Ardern was elated with the Warriors achievement:
“As Director of Public Health for the borough of Wigan I am delighted that Wigan Warriors are working with the European Healthy Stadia Network. This development greatly increases our chances to improve the health of their fans and of the surrounding community. It gives us a particular opportunity to engage with men who historically do not access health improvement or health services delivered from health venues. By working with the team we aim to help individuals to help themselves to live not only longer but healthier lives.”
The Healthy Stadia Network allows members to share good practice for the benefit of the community and those supporters who attend the Co-operative Community Stadium. The Warriors have been strong advocates of local initiatives to reduce the health inequalities in the Wigan borough.
The Warriors have made significant changes to the lives of local people over the last four years and have involved an average of 38,000 people each year during that period.
Warriors Community Manager Mike Watson commented:
“We are delighted to be recognised for our hard work in this way, and will use this to further develop our relationship with the NHS Ashton, Leigh and Wigan and build a healthier community.”
The Warriors received their award during the recent Super League Play-off game between the Warriors and Leeds Rhino’s at the DW Stadium. Pictured receiving the award on behalf of the Warriors is Lafeta Paleaaesina (2nd left) along with Mike Parker, Lynne Calvert, Mark Haig and Nick College (representatives of the Wigan Healthy Stadia Steering Group.)