Warrington Wolves continue to pride themselves on developing good people as well as good players.
With a number of young players making the step up into the first-team environment player welfare has become paramount.
A number of players making their Super League debuts this season have spent time away from the training ground on a week’s work placement to give them an insight into the world of work.
Second rower George King, 19, visited local company and club partner Rock Oil last week.
Managing director Greg Hewitt said: “Rock Oil is a family business and we are fans of Warrington. I’ve been a Season Ticket Holder for 30 years…We try and develop everyone that we have with us; we are a small northern firm competing with multi-national companies so we have to develop our people on a daily basis and that fits hand-in-hand with what the club is trying to do; the synergies that were there were plain to see.
“It’s designed to try and give the players a taste of what real life actually is. While they have a very difficult job currently, there are other difficult jobs in the real world; difficult in a different way, the hours are longer and the tasks possibly more mundane. We are seeing more and more players from the Warrington academy making it through to the first-team squad so they are in a very privileged environment from quite a young age and this is a way to try and keep their feet on the ground and develop them as people.
“It’s a difficult environment as we’ve got people in the factory ranging from 19 years old though to their early 60s and the players won’t be used to working on a daily basis with such a peer group. There’re also a number of different fans bases in there too (laughs).”
On his placement King said: “It’s been different. Everyone’s got stories to tell and a different work ethos too. I’d definitely say it makes you appreciate and realise what you’ve got with rugby. I come from a family where my mum and dad taught me well; to respect all sides to working life so coming here I knew what to expect. I’ve been on several work placements and I think it will make me better in times to come.
“Everyone made me feel really welcome and showed me what to do. It was a really nice working atmosphere.”
Hewitt gives us an insight into what they had King doing, and how he got on.
“He was out in the production environment doing everything from labelling bottles to all that a production operative out there would be doing; preparing finished packed lubricants. We tried to give him a variety of the roles; whether or not that’s a true reflection of the work.
“He did absolutely everything asked of him. He was dedicated and had a fantastic work ethic. His interaction with his colleagues was fantastic and he really took to it, taking advice on board and was one of the lads.”
Fellow debutants Joe Philbin and Tony King completed their placements this week. Philbin visited Rock Oil and King experienced working life at Touchline Embroidery.
Both companies have shown their ongoing commitment to this club initiative having provided placement opportunities for the last few years.
All at the club would like to thank for their continued support.