VIK­INGS IN THE COM­MU­NITY Why talk­ing ‘bout our gen­er­a­tion re­ally helps

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Your Views - BY JOHN McDOUGALL john.mcdougall@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @JMacD1988

AMEM­BER of so­cial group for Widnes Vik­ings sup­port­ers aged over 55 has praised the pro­gramme.

The club hosts Golden Gen­er­a­tion ev­ery Fri­day af­ter­noon at the Hal­ton Sta­dium.

The group un­der­takes ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing look­ing back at the spe­cial days gone by, talks from club le­gends, pre­sen­ta­tions of ar­chive game footage, and ex­clu­sive talks with cur­rent first team stars.

Since its launch in 2015, Golden Gen­er­a­tion has grown to be­come a thriv­ing group and at­tracts a large num­ber of reg­u­lar mem­bers.

They have found friend­ship and had the op­por­tu­nity to en­joy unique ex­pe­ri­ences with the club that they love.

For mem­ber Bill Griffiths, it has be­come a high­light of his week.

He said: “A few years ago, I had to stop work­ing be­cause of stress.

“I was coun­selled as a re­sult and told to get out and meet peo­ple and talk.

“This group is a re­ally good ex­am­ple of meet­ing like-minded peo­ple and talk­ing about rugby league.

“I’ve been watch­ing the game since I was five years of age, so this is the per­fect group for me.

“It keeps me go­ing. It is some­thing that I look for­ward to be­ing in­volved with ev­ery week.”

The group are of­ten treated to ap­pear­ances from first team squad mem­bers and staff, with Bill en­joy­ing the be­hind the scenes ac­cess.

He said: “It’s been bril­liant hear­ing from the play­ers. I’ve es­pe­cially en­joyed lis­ten­ing to the back-room staff we have here at the club.

“It’s ex­cit­ing and a bit dif­fer­ent hear­ing from the staff be­hind the scenes. They come here and talk to us quite openly, and you can see they are hard-work­ing in­di­vid­u­als that help the club move for­ward.

“A prime ex­am­ple of this was Phil Fin­ney, the Vik­ings’ head of youth per­for­mance. I re­ally en­joyed lis­ten­ing to him talk­ing about the young stars that we have com­ing through and the plans the club has mov­ing for­ward.” ●

Bill said that the group are keen to en­cour­age more peo­ple to join them on a Fri­day, to get to­gether and cel­e­brate Widnes’s past, present and fu­ture.

He added: “I would say to any­one think­ing of com­ing along, to do it.

“We’re a friendly bunch, so don’t be shy, and give it a go!”

Golden Gen­er­a­tion is sup­ported by NHS Hal­ton Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group.

Golden Gen­er­a­tion mem­ber, Bill Griffiths

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