Bright Future Planned
By Nathan Ashurst
Warrington Wolves are rapidly becoming famous for their fan orientated schemes which give the every day spectator a chance to not only make a difference but also have a say in the way the club operates.
A recent initiative entitled Squadbuilder is just the latest in a long line of campaigns to roll off the Wilderspool drawing board. With the help of Financial Director Neil Dowson, website manager Andy Topham, club Fanzine Primrose & Blue as well as an array of other hardened fans including the famous Barmy Army, it is hoped a real difference can be made.
The point to squadbuilder is simple enough. Fans are being asked to donate as little as £5 a month to the cause which will be directed at the all important grass roots level of the game. In essence this means the local amateur teams in the town are likely to see direct positives from the scheme which also aims to help up and coming youngsters at Wilderspool through the use of sponsorship packages.
Although similar schemes have been adopted at NFP clubs Leigh and Gateshead, it is the first time that such a venture has been tried at the very top of the sport. The club are hoping that the scheme will be nothing other than a success and are urging fans to attend an evening dubbed as “The Future of Warrington Wolves” which will take place next Wednesday at Wilderspool.
The evening, jointly organised between the Wolves Supporters Club and Wolves management, will be a significant event likely to shape the future of the club.
The Supporters Club will take a historic decision on whether to change their constitution and become the first Rugby League Supporters Trust at their Extraordinary General Meeting. The Trust status would enable the Supporters Club to move forward and look at playing a much larger part in the Club with the potential for the Trust to own shares and ultimately gain a “Supporters Director” seat on the board. In a ground-breaking move the Supporters Club has successfully engaged the help of local and Euro MP’s, as well as Club Chairman Lord Hoyle, to persuade the Government to change its funding policy to support Rugby League clubs in achieving Trust status.
The evening continues with the Supporters Clubs new Squadbuilder scheme to help young up and coming local players progress to their full potential.
The culmination of the evening will be the latest update on stadium developments with the clubs management and an architect available to answer questions from fans. With meetings on-going between developers, planners and officials this is an ideal opportunity to speak to those who will have a hand in shaping the future home of the Wolves.
This is a rally call to all Wolves fans to come along and have their say in the future of their club. The event will be on the 23rd January at 7.30pm in the Wolves Touchdown Club at Wilderspool Stadium.