WARRINGTON Wolves have moved to build closer ties with the town’s community clubs.

Lee Westwood, who coaches the club’s women’s team as well as coaching with the Warrington Wolves Foundation, will now take up the role as community development officer.

The role will pay particular attention to supporting our local clubs, improving coaching practises and providing a larger and stronger talent base of players in Warrington for the performance team to choose from.

This follows a successful ‘Return 2 Play’ project which got junior teams from the seven community clubs around Warrington playing again in a Covid-secure manner.

“The ‘Return 2 Play’ project highlighted the need to invest in this role and support our clubs’ development and nurture of our young people,” Warrington Wolves Foundation director Neil Kelly said.

“The Foundation team, led by Lee Mitchell, have produced a report on the project which identifies in a short period of time the changes that can occur and the positive effects it has on play.”

First team head coach Steve Price has also thrown his weight behind the move, adding: “The development role is vital to the club.

“It will provide talent growth and identification in our own back yard.

“Myself and my team are committed to supporting this role and all our community clubs.”