Priestley students who are part of the Warrington Wolves Academy have just returned from the trip of a lifetime in Australia.
Frank Sergent, a former pupil at Culcheth High School, was among those who took part in the rugby tour, which saw them compete against some of the best young players in the country.
“You couldn’t pay for this experience, it was unbelievable,” said Frank, who studies Sport and Exercise Science at Priestley.
“The things we did and the teams we played with are something I will never forget.”
During the tour the academy players experienced top-class training in excellent facilities and played three games as part of their professional development and education.
Games took place against South Sydney Rabbitohs, West Tigers and a New South Wales Under 17s select team as well as one against the Canterbury Bulldogs.
Former Bridgewater High School student Arron Lindop, who studies Sport Coaching and Development, enjoyed the tour. He said: “I think what I learnt the most was how dedicated you must be off the pitch as well as on the pitch and I think playing the best of the best in Australia really showed this.”
Between playing rugby, the team spent a lot of time exploring Penrith and Sydney and soaking up Australian culture and landmarks. The whole experience brought them closer as a team.
“It was great to be there with the other lads and my family where able to travel over as well,” said Tom Mckinney, who studies Sport Coaching and Development.
For Dylon Braddish, who hopes to one day play for Wolves, the experience showed him how hard you need to work to achieve your goals.
“I just need to keep pushing and if you work hard it will pay off,” said the former Beamont Collegiate Academy pupil.