Paul Chambers, Ian Newbury, Neil Kelly, Mike Nicholas, Matt Cummins, Peter Riding, Louie Pengelly
Friday 27th April will go down as an historic day for Torfaen Tigers as they formally kicked off an official partnership with Super League giants Warrington Wolves.
After a productive visit to Warrington last week, where lengthy discussions between both clubs and Wales Rugby League took place, an exciting new partnership was formed between the Wolves and the Tigers.
The partnership is based on three key principles of player & coach development, raising the profile of both clubs and continuing to build the rugby league community in Wales.
The partnership will offer youngsters access to a pathway which can not only lead to semi-professional rugby league with the West Wales Raiders, but also the opportunity to play at the pinnacle level of rugby league in the UK - the Super League.
The new pathway wil include a talent identification process guided by both the Tigers and Warrington age grade/academy coaches in which talented players will be invited to trial with Warrington at their impressive facilities. Players will also be identified when the Tigers’ age grade teams play against their current Wolves’ age grades sides and through games against other Warrington partnership clubs.
As well as player development, the Tiger’s coaches will benefit from the partnership as they will be under the guidance of the Warrington coaches. The Wolves staff will be holding development events with Tiger’s coaches as well as coaching roadshows and ‘fun days’ where both teams’ coaches will have the chance to coach alongside each other.
The second and third principles will go hand in hand as the partnership reaches the public. With a rugby league powerhouse such as Warrington, it is inevitable the profile of the sport in Torfaen will grow and in turn this will help grow the rugby league community. This will be further enhanced by the presence of Warrington representatives at events which Torfaen will run and the possibility of joint events between the two teams in the future.
The Wolves Brand carries great heritage and values which Torfaen Tigers aim to uphold and become a part of going forward.
Neil Kelly, Warrington Wolves Foundation Director, said "We are hugely excited about forming this partnership and developing closer links to support the development of Rugby League in Wales
Matthew Cummins, Chairman of Torfaen Tigers added “We at Torfaen are equally as excited about this partnership and it is a huge stride forward for the club which will no doubt give everyone a big lift going into the first round of the season next weekend.”