All the off-season preparation for the 2020 season was wiped out with the cancellation of Scholarship, Academy and Reserve fixtures from March. The Youth Development team continued to engage and mentor their players throughout the year, usually by online meetings and emails.
Club CEO Karl Fitzpatrick attended our January Board meeting and expressed the Club’s appreciation for the WWST contributions to the Youth Development team. He also updated the board as to the club’s plans for the season.
Club coach Steve Price and club director Mike Lomax attended our March board meeting. Mike praised the partnerships between the club, the community and organisations like the Wolves Charitable Foundation and Squadbuilder all being part of one whole – ‘We are Warrington.’
Our Homegrown hometown Academy Graduate Mike Cooper was awarded a well-deserved Testimonial year for 2020 by the RFL. Mike very kindly nominated Squadbuilder as a beneficiary of his testimonial. His events included his testimonial game and a launch dinner.
Squadbuilder held a bucket collection at the home fixture against St Helens. Massive thanks to the Academy lads who shook the buckets for us and helped raise £349
The England Talent Pathway programme which supports the development of over 350 young players across all 7 community clubs continued in February. We sponsored the kits for all teams for 2020. Sadly, all fixtures after March were cancelled.
We expressed an interest to start a Fans for Foodbanks initiative in conjunction with the Wolves Charitable Foundation. Warrington Borough Council agreed to donate the bins. The whole club is behind the initiative to support the local community.
Dave Ditchfield was co-opted to the Board in March to assist with a business plan to promote Squadbuilder.
In July we were devastated that our Council board representative Pauline Nelson passed away after a brave battle with cancer. Pauline was a founder member of WWST and will be greatly missed. Pauline’s family very kindly nominated Squadbuilder to receive donations in her memory and following consultation with her family it was agreed to create the Pauline Nelson Memorial Trophy to be presented annually to the Academy Player of the Year. A framed Squadbuilder polo shirt will also be presented to the Wolves Charitable Foundation for them to display on the community floor of the stadium in memory of Pauline.
Squadbuilder was delighted to offer grants to the Junior sections of all 7 Community clubs and to the Girls teams to support the clubs during a difficult year where income from events and subscriptions was severely reduced. £500 grants were awarded to all 8 applicants in December. The grants paid for playing equipment, kit, storage, and safety equipment.
We were very proud that our Squadbuilder players Mike Cooper, Ben Currie, Joe Philbin and Toby King as well as Daryl Clark and Stefan Ratchford were called up to the England squad for the Autumn fixture against France.
All events were cancelled due to Covid restrictions. This included the Quiz Night due on 12th May and the Fan’s Day planned for 27th June.
The proposed Quiz Night for 2021 was postponed again due to Covid 19 restrictions on events. All quiz applications will be carried forward to 2022.
Trust Board members 2020
Alex Chicken Chair
Godfrey Gwilliam Secretary
Claire Taylor Treasurer
Dave Ditchfield (co-opted)