Aspiring coaches Zoe and Jade gain valuable insight into industry thanks to Warrington Wolves placement

Two aspiring sports coaches and physiotherapists have been given a first-hand insight into the industry thanks to an exciting work placement with Warrington Wolves.

Zoe Finnerty and Jade Harrison spent two weeks working with the rugby league club.

The duo, who are both studying level 3 sports & exercise science at Warrington & Vale Royal College, believe the experience will further enhance what they have learnt during their time at the college, helping them to pursue their career goals.

Jade, a former Cardinal Newman pupil, said: “The work placement with Warrington Wolves was fantastic. We got to try out all sorts of different things during the two weeks, including work with a lot of primary and high schools.

“We were able to see how different people use different coaching techniques depending on who they are coaching. We also had the opportunity to work with people who had disabilities – that was a really interesting experience that will definitely benefit us in the future.”

Former University Academy Warrington pupil Zoe added: “Working with Warrington Wolves was a really good experience. Both Jade and I are interested in pursuing either sports coaching or physiotherapy and this placement has given us an insight into that and shown us what we need to do and how we need to do it to succeed.”

Both Zoe and Jade are in the first year of the level 3 diploma.

“I looked around at a few different colleges but the sports course here was better and has a lot more to offer than the others – I’m really enjoying it,” said Zoe.

Jade added: “Coming to Warrington & Vale Royal College meant that I didn’t have to pick other subjects and has allowed me to solely focus on this course and want I want to do in life. You learn a lot here and have so many amazing opportunities as a result.”

Zoe and Jade’s placement was made possible thanks to Warrington & Vale Royal College’s impressive industry links and its partnership with Warrington Wolves.

Ryan McNeely, lecturer in sport, added: “We’re really proud of our links with Warrington Wolves and the opportunities this creates. As well as giving our students valuable work placements, this partnership also sees learners receive guest lectures and workshops delivered by physiotherapists, nutritionists and officials from the club.”

Dominica Randolfi, Work Placement Coordinator at the college, added: “Work placements are an important part of the learning experience at Warrington & Vale Royal College. They give our learners further insight into the job and industry they dream of working in. Every student at the college has the opportunity to take part in exciting work placements, with many going on to secure permanent employment as a result.”

To find out more about the opportunities available at Warrington & Vale Royal College, visit or come to our open evening on Wednesday 27th June, 5.30 PM – 8.00 PM at our Winsford campus.