We are delighted to announce that DATS have become the Official Youth and Academy Partner for Widnes Vikings Rugby Club for the 2012 season.
The sponsorship will enable Vikings to support, nurture and train the young talent within the club; the first beneficiaries are the U15s and U16s Scholarship squad’s, who have just returned from a training camp in Coniston, funded by DATS. Training took place over two (tough!) days; both squads were put through their paces by the Head of Youth Performance – Phil Finney and his team. The timetable included team building activities, endurance based drills and exercises on Lake Coniston, named affectionately as the Green Mile, The Road to Nowhere and Adventure 21.
Phil Finney commented “The players had an insight into what life can be like as a full time professional rugby league player, whilst the staff had the opportunity to work more closely and spend increased quality time with their squads”
Stephen Nickson, MD of DATS spoke about the sponsorship “we have had a link with the club for a couple of years, but we wanted to be more connected with its youth set up, which will drive the clubs sustainability and success, over time we would like to offer employment advice and opportunities to players and look forward to working with the club”
View the Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News article from 16th February