15 Jun 2010 Warrington Wolves RLFC (UK) – latest club to join European Healthy Stadia Network
NHS Warrington, Warrington Wolves and the Wolves Foundation are celebrating having being awarded ‘European Healthy Stadia Status’. All the organisations have been recognised for their on-going commitment to improving the health and lifestyles of the Warrington population through initiatives such as the Tackling Health campaign.
The European Healthy Stadia Network works across 12 European countries to develop, promote and roll out healthy initiatives with the support of local service providers. The network is coordinated by UK-based cardiovascular disease prevention charity, Heart of Mersey, and is now part-funded by the World Heart Federation.
Being part of the network will support The Halliwell Jones stadium to continue successful campaigns like Tackling Health and expand their focus on health initiatives.
During last week’s Warrington Wolves vs. Hull Kingston Rovers game, partners were presented with the European Healthy Stadia plaque by Heart of Mersey Chief Executive Robin Ireland, in recognition of their pioneering approach to healthy stadia.
Robin Ireland said:
“Since its initial links with Heart of Mersey in 2006, Warrington has been at the forefront across Europe in using its stadium as a place where people can go to have a positive healthy experience playing or watching sport. The partners’ action plans demonstrate what can be achieved through harnessing the power of sport to improve community health.”
Commenting on achieving ‘Healthy Stadia Status,’ NHS Warrington’s Chief Executive Nicky O’Connor said:
“I am delighted NHS Warrington has helped support the Warrington Wolves in achieving ‘European Healthy Stadia Status’. We remain committed to improving the health of the Warrington population and we will all continue to promote and raise awareness of health issues with Wolves fans and the wider community.”
Neil Kelly, Foundation Director said:
“The Healthy Stadia initiative is the cementing of an already strong relationship between the Foundation, Wolves and Warrington NHS. The Healthy Stadia is a further commitment to our relationship to build a healthier community. The initiative commits all parties to work together on an action plan to progress future projects.”