Three former Warrington Collegiate students are making a name for themselves in the world of rugby league, thanks to the college’s partnership with Warrington Wolves.
Harvey Livett, Pat Moran and Ellis Gillam are all following their dreams after completing the Rugby League BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 – run at the college, in partnership with Warrington Wolves.
Both Harvey and Pat have secured first team spots with the club and attribute much of their success to their time at Warrington Collegiate.
Prop forward Pat, who studied at St Edmund Arrowsmith School before enrolling at the college, said: “The rugby league course at Warrington Collegiate helped me academically by giving me knowledge of the game and an understanding of what goes on behind the scenes on the business side. The course also helped me to gain my level 1 coaching badge and I’m hoping to do my level 2 soon.”
Centre, Harvey, a former Cardinal Newman pupil, said: “I really enjoyed my time at Warrington Collegiate. The teachers have a lot of experience within rugby league, which helped me to develop both on and off the field. I would certainly recommend the college to anyone – it’s a great learning environment.”
For fellow player Ellis, studying at Warrington Collegiate has helped him to not only find his place on the field, but also off it.
The 19 year old is currently working his way through the ranks in the club’s Under 19s side, where he plays in the second row, while also working full time with Warrington Wolves Charitable Foundation.
Working closely with the Foundation’s Rugby League Manager and former England international Shaun Briscoe, Ellis visits local primary and secondary schools where he helps pupils to develop their rugby league skills.
Ellis said: “My time at Warrington Collegiate prepared me massively. It gave me the links with Warrington and the Foundation which has obviously led to not just playing with the team, but also giving something back to the community.
“I’m able to use the things I learned on the course to not only coach these young kids, but also to better understand what I’m doing when I’m training, and why.”
Ellis added: “My goal is to get into the first team at Wolves and to be the best I can be – my time at Warrington Collegiate will be invaluable in reaching that goal.”
Ryan McNeely, lecturer in sport at the college, said: “We’re really proud of our sporting links at the college. Being able to help such promising young players like Harvey, Pat and Ellis to progress through the ranks as professional players at a club as prestigious as Warrington Wolves is exactly what we are here to do. To see them following and achieving their dreams is incredible and will surely inspire our current and future students to do their utmost to achieve their ambitions.”