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Avanti West Coast teams up with Warrington Wolves to offer new Feel Good Field Trip

Avanti West Coast welcomes schoolchildren on new Feel Good Field Trip to home of Warrington Wolves Rugby League Club. 

  • Avanti West Coast and rugby league club create unique field trip
  • Partnership connects children to another fun learning opportunity on West Coast
  • Blackpool school pupils first to experience new educational day out in Warrington

Avanti West Coast has welcomed the first group of schoolchildren on their journey to the home of Warrington Wolves, as part of its groundbreaking Feel Good Field Trips initiative.

Year 3 pupils from Mereside Primary Academy in Blackpool travelled by train to Warrington Bank Quay for a fun and educational day out at the Halliwell Jones Stadium –where the Super League club play their home matches.

They enjoyed a tour of the stadium, an interactive session about how mental and physical health are linked, as well as the chance to learn how to throw and catch a rugby ball.

This unique outing was made possible after Avanti West Coast teamed up with the charitable arm of the Rugby League Club to create a different hands-on learning experience for its Feel Good Field Trips scheme.

With mental and physical wellbeing closely linked, the train operator and club partnered with Select Training – a community interest company based in St Helens, Merseyside, that support and train organisations and the community around positive mental health – on the trip.

As part of the itinerary, children participated in Mini Medic sessions to learn how to take care of their wellbeing, as well as look out for people around them.

Feel Good Field Trips is designed to give up to 5,000 pupils aged between four and 18 the chance to travel by train with Avanti West Coast for fun and educational days out that may have previously been inaccessible for them.

The inaugural trip to Warrington Wolves comes just a few weeks after the intercity operator welcomed the 2,500th pupil to take part in a day out on the West Coast.

Joanna Buckley, Community Manager at Avanti West Coast, said: “Warrington Wolves are well known on the West Coast and in the world of sport, so we’re delighted to offer young people a day trip to the home of this great club.  

“Connecting school pupils to learning opportunities they would never otherwise have access to is what Feel Good Field Trips is all about. We’re excited to have worked with Warrington Wolves Foundation and Select Training to combine physical activity and education around mental health for this unique outing. It’s sure to be an experience they’ll never forget.”

David Savage from Community Rail Lancashire, who facilitates the Feel Good Field Trips, said: “I am delighted to partner with Warrington Wolves Rugby Club and Select Training to offer this exciting Feel Good Field Trip. It was a joy to witness the children’s enthusiasm and engagement throughout the day, and I am excited about the positive impact future trips will have on young people in the local community.”

James Howes, Health and Wellbeing Manager at Warrington Wolves, said: “We are delighted to be part of the Feel Good Field Trips initiative. The Halliwell Jones Stadium in Warrington is within walking distance from Bank Quay station and through this groundbreaking partnership we hope to inspire children to become the best version of themselves by supporting their physical and emotional wellbeing.

“Warrington Wolves Rugby League Club is the heartbeat of the town and by using our elite athletes as role models, we can positively influence the choices children make now and in the future.”

Joanne Wormald, Director at Select Training, said: “We are thrilled to be part of this Feel Good Field Trip, providing children with the opportunity to practice positive mental health techniques during their Mini Medics session and see the importance of both physical and mental health combined.”


Contact Information

Laura Normansell

Avanti West Coast


Notes to editors

Main image: Year 3 pupils from Mereside Primary Academy in Blackpool enjoy a fun day out to the home of Warrington Wolves, as part of Avanti West Coast's Feel Good Field Trips initiative. 

For more information about Feel Good Field Trips, visit: https://www.avantiwestcoast.co.uk/feel-good-field-trips

About Warrington Wolves  

Warrington Wolves rugby league football club has a long and illustrious history as one of the most prominent and successful clubs in the sport. Founded in 1876, they were one of the original clubs that seceded the Rugby Football Union in 1895 to form the code of football now known as rugby league. They play in Super League, the top tier of the professional game in the Northern Hemisphere, and are the only founding club never to have played outside the top flight. They have been crowned league champions three times, and winners of the Challenge Cup nine, as well as picking up numerous other honours.

Warrington Wolves

About Warrington Wolves Charitable Foundation

The Warrington Wolves Charitable Foundation is the charitable arm of Warrington Wolves Rugby League Club. The Foundation was created to provide life changing opportunities through sport, education, health and the arts which enrich, inspire and celebrate the Warrington community.

Wolves Foundation - the community and social hub of Warrington Wolves (warringtonwolvesfoundation.com)

About Select Training CIC 

Select Training Community Interest Company was created by two qualified teachers, in response to the mental health crisis. It is our vision that everyone can access support for their mental health. We aim to build individuals confidence to have open conversations around mental health and break the stigma.

We work with organisations to support them in embedding a culture of positive mental health within the workplace. We also work within the community training children, staff, and volunteers.

Get Mental Health First Aid Qualifications (select-training.org.uk)

About Avanti West Coast   

Avanti West Coast, operator of intercity rail services on the West Coast Main Line, is a joint venture between FirstGroup and Trenitalia, delivering a cleaner, greener railway that drives the West Coast forward.

We’re on a mission to revolutionise train travel. Our refurbed Pendolinos have returned to the rails with a £117m investment that’s delivering the best in class comfort. Known as the UK’s hardest working fleet, the programme is transforming all 56 of these iconic trains boasting better seats, improved lighting, new interior carpets, customer-friendly passenger information screens, additional luggage space, power points at every seat and refurbished toilets.

New Hitachi trains are set to replace our Voyagers from 2024. The 23-strong fleet, consisting of 10 seven-carriage electric trains and 13 five-carriage bi-modes, will serve routes from London to the Midlands, Chester, North Wales and the North West, leading to a substantial cut in carbon emissions with an increase in seats, and offering improved comfort. Quieter and roomier, with more reliable Wi-Fi, wireless charging for electrical devices and a real-time customer information system, these new trains are the result of a £350m investment in sustainable travel.

We’re tackling climate change wherever we can, from reducing energy and water use to training drivers in eco-driving techniques and sourcing food and drink from local suppliers. Our goal is to be net zero carbon by 2031. We’re on track.

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