The Warrington Wolves Foundation’s PAN-Disability Adult football team recently returned from their very first tour playing in the Gareth Cowin Memorial Trophy.
The tournament was held in the Isle of Man and included teams from as far as Iceland and Gibraltar. Thanks to the generosity of local businesses the PANDAs were able to spend the weekend in Douglas ensuring the team were able to experience an unforgettable trip; for some the first time they had been away from home on a trip with their peers.
Matt Price, 17, Midfielder :
“I really enjoyed the football but I enjoyed bonding with my team mates so much. It was an amazing trip”
The team were able to spend the weekend living as professional footballers staying in a hotel with gym and spa facilities as well as having all meals and transport provided.
The team were eventually eliminated in the semi-final stage by eventual competition winners and now 2017 hosts S.O Gibraltar.
Phil Walker, 21, Defender:
“I loved every minute of it!”
As well as the tournament the players were able to mix with the other teams in social events such as meals out, bowling as well as playing football on the beach and braving the not so warm Irish sea!
The team were also able to watch the Challenge cup semi-final and spread the word of Warrington Wolves to the players of other nationalities.
Todd Foster, 16, Striker:
“It was a fantastic holiday and a wonderful experience! I hope it helps me develop as a player too”