Wolves’ player takes the Knowledge Express

Principal Matthew Grant with Roger Draper
Principal Matthew Grant with Roger Draper

WARRINGTON Wolves’ Chief Executive has helped launch a drive to inspire young people across the town.

Roger Draper joined Principal Matthew Grant to launch Priestley College’s new bus, which features Wolves player Ashton Sims on the window. Sims joined Wolves last year and has formerly captained Fiji.

“There are some truly remarkable people featured on the bus and it is exciting for the club to be represented,” said Roger, who was guest speaker at Priestley’s recent student awards evening.

“Ashton would have loved to have been here today, but is working hard in training. I am sure he will be trying to spot himself on the bus when he’s out and about in Warrington.”

The bus, which is run by Springfield, carries Priestley students from Culcheth to Priestley College and has been wrapped with the faces of high achievers and inspirational leaders.

Staring out at passers-by will be astronaut Neil Armstrong, activist Martin Luther King, physicist Marie Curie, author Lewis Carroll and scientist Joseph Priestley.

Priestley gave his name to the college and is best known for discovering Oxygen.

This is the second bus Priestley College have ‘wrapped’ with an inspirational design.

The first of the Knowledge Express fleet is adorned with the faces of Paralympian Sarah Storey, Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde and Van Gough and can be seen on a route from Widnes to college.

It is hoped the buses on Priestley’s Helsby and Winwick direct services will eventually get the same treatment.

Priestley Principal Matthew Grant said: “We’ve included lots of familiar faces on the bus, which is designed to give young people in Warrington something to aspire to.

“It seemed only right that in a town famous for its rugby league team we included one of the star players who inspires people every match with his efforts on the pitch.”

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