Wigan Rugby Union Club ‘Highly Commended’ for promoting the Health and Wellbeing of the Wigan Community.
Wigan Rugby Union Club, has been highly commended for its significant contribution to the health and wellbeing of stadium users and the surrounding community.
Wigan Rugby Union Club have been working to ensure that it provides a positive health legacy to the local community. In particular the Club recognises the enormous potential for its Douglas Valley facilities, its position as a ‘Community Club’ and key partnerships with NHS Ashton Leigh and Wigan, Wigan Council and Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust to positively influence health of its members and surrounding community. The club have gone onto become the first Rugby Union Club nationally to be awarded “Healthy Stadia Status” placing the club alongside internationally recognised stadium such as the Aviva Stadium – The home of Irish Rugby Union.
Over the past eight boroughs Healthy Stadia and Sports Club Network have been working with the clubs executive committee to carry out a Health Impact Audit of the clubs policies and activities to allow the club to assess its current and potential impact on health and its wider sustainability agenda. This independent assessment considered the clubs activity against local health needs and local strategic documents.
The audit reported that Wigan Rugby Union Club is very much aware of its role in supporting health and wellbeing of its members and the local community and has a broad spectrum of gold standard polices and practices. It looks to build on its policies through implementation of an infrastructure that makes it an exemplar club in terms of providing a healthy environment that supports the health of its members, spectators, the local community and volunteers.
The audit found that the stadium was particularly strong in its contribution to physical activity, an area that was classed as ‘outstanding’ within the audit. In particular the club should be recognised for Its development of a strong and growing junior section, its investment in developing the new health and fitness centre and in opening this facility up to the local community, providing opportunity for all local residents to access a high quality health and fitness facility at an affordable cost and its range of non club related physical activity opportunities offered to other sporting clubs, physical activity organisations and community classes such as boot camps all of which will provide a significant contribution to the boroughs physical activity targets.
The report concluded that:“the club is at the forefront of amateur rugby union clubs in using the power of sport and their position within the community to support the health and wellbeing agenda. The work of the club in supporting this agenda is necessary, ongoing and credible”.
Gemma Weston Wigan Healthy Stadia and Sports Club Lead who carried out the audit commented;
“The club is at the forefront in using the power of sport to support the health and wellbeing agenda”
Frank Morgan Club President commented:
“Wigan Rugby Union Club is proud to be recognised for our contribution to health and wellbeing. The club will use the findings from this audit to identify areas where we can work with local partners to enhance or support this agenda. The assessment will provide a baseline measure of impact from which we can monitor progress”
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