Blackburn Rovers Community Trust are delighted to announce the arrival of semi-professional rugby league player Dec Gregory as the man to lead its new oval ball partnership with Wigan Warriors Community Foundation.
The North Wales Crusaders hooker has been appointed to the role of Lancashire rugby league development officer, which will see him employed by the reigning Super League champions’ charitable arm, but embedded within the Community Trust’s delivery team over a variety of projects, most prevalently the Premier League Primary Stars programme.
The former Rochdale Hornets and Hemel Stags talisman will help our organisation to add rugby league skills sessions to PE timetables in schools across the six boroughs that we currently serve, giving local children at both primary and high school level the chance to try a new sport that they may not have previously encountered outside its traditional strongholds.
It also creates the opportunity to incorporate key rugby skills into other projects such as our holiday camps within the Lancashire area.
Jill Ashcroft, School Sports Partnership officer at the Community Trust, has been part of the recruitment panel that handed Dec the opportunity, and she’s excited to see what he can bring to both organisations, explaining: “Dec’s knowledge and passion for rugby league stood him out as an ideal candidate in a strong field and we’re really looking forward to welcoming him to our team.
“To have someone going into schools promoting rugby league who can tell the children that he’s actually playing among the country’s professional divisions will be an inspiration to them – especially when they find out that he also played for the England Lions, which is the representative side for the best players at the country’s community clubs, before he started playing at pro level.
“This is a very special partnership for both ourselves and Wigan Warriors Community Foundation – a win-win situation that allows us to provide new opportunities to local youngsters and gives the Warriors the chance to expand into new territories and help support their governing bodies’ plans to grow their game.”
If your school would potentially like to benefit from the addition of rugby league to your timetable during the new academic term, please contact Amy Taylor via firstname.lastname@example.org or 01254 508126 to find our more.