Toronto Wolfpack make Hopwood Hall College their new Den
The world’s first transatlantic professional sports team have been training at the College’s Middleton campus during their time in the UK as they compete in the Betfred Championship 2019 Season, and have been thrilled with the state-of-the-art facilities.
The home from home for the Wolfpack has welcomed them with open arms and allowed the Toronto-based team to prepare themselves in ideal conditions for a campaign aimed squarely at promotion into the Super League for the 2020 Season.
Students at the College have also reaped the niche benefits that come from having an enthusiastic Canadian Rugby team training at the Sports Park. The team have engaged with the College’s Rugby Academy during training sessions and have proved to be excellent role models for the fledgling students.
Martin Vickers, Toronto Wolfpack UK Business Development Manager, commented:
“We thank Hopwood Hall College and their Sports Park & Arena for their openness and accessibility in 2019, allowing our players and staff to feel at home in their facilities. The campus is second to none and the perfect place for our young side to grow and adapt to the challenges we face in striving for our goals.
“Hopwood Hall College’s values align perfectly with Toronto Wolfpack; promoting quality of opportunity, mutual respect, a climate of openness and trust while strongly encouraging innovation and development.”
Julia Heap, Hopwood Hall College’s current Vice Principal and soon to be Principal & CEO, mirrored Martin Vickers’enthusiasm for the new partnership:
“We’re really excited by the new partnership with Toronto Wolfpack. The whole club have been very pro-active in engaging with our learners and staff, the community spirit has been tangible, the Wolfpack are like our extended family and it feels like more than just a training centre for the club.
“Our staff have even been attending their games, taking pictures with their players and making our own flags. We are looking forward to collaborative projects that will enhance our students’ experience at college and we can support the club with their journey to Super League, we are definitely team Wolfpack.”