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Wigan Warriors open top facilities at Tyldesley Fred Longworth High School
11:10am Friday 4th October 2013 in News
Freddie's head girl Emma Crook and head boy Ben Aspden hold the Rugby League Challenge Cup watched by head teacher Jan Garretts and Warriors' captain Sean O'Loughlin, right, and coach Shaun Wane.
RUGBY League Challenge Cup winning captain Sean O’Loughlin and coach Shaun Wane took the game’s ultimate trophy on a tour of a Tyldesley school.
The Wigan Warriors duo might have stolen the limelight at the end of the Wembley trail but coach Shaun had to settle for a loser’s medal when he took on Fred Longworth High PE teacher Simon Rigby on the Powerwall at the opening of reception and fitness suites at the Printshop Lane school.
Simon, who originates from Westleigh and is keen to promote rugby league at Freddie’s, said: “I was fortunate to beat Shaun and told him I hoped his team would do better against Warrington in Saturday's Grand Final at Manchester United's ground.”
Students put the Warriors’ men through a questioning session after they had opened new facilities at the school. The coach couldn’t resist testing the revolutionary Powerwall system that tests reaction times and increases students’ fitness levels.
Shaun Wane said: “I’d like to thank the school for inviting us down to open these facilities. From walking around school I can see that the students are polite and well mannered. I’m also definitely up for a rematch on the Powerwall against Mr Rigby!”
Agreeing with his coach Sean O’Loughlin said: “The facilities here are really good and the technology has advanced massively since I was at school. The students have a real opportunity to achieve their goals in an environment like this.”
Head teacher, Jan Garretts said, “These two redevelopments have run parallel with major roofing works which will not only keep the school‘water-tight’ but have provided additional insulation to improve the efficiency of the building and help reduce our carbon footprint. English, Modern Foreign Languages, Humanities, Drama and the Kitchen have all benefitted from brand new roofing systems.
Young photographers from Year 11, Lauren Jones and Samantha Fildes, captured the Warriors visit on film.
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