On Tuesday, 25th July 2023, Portico Vine witnessed a remarkable feat as they hosted the prestigious England Lions Development Pathway (14+), with representatives from St Helens, Wigan and Warrington.
The event proved to be an extraordinary success, leaving a lasting impact on players, coaches, and supporters alike. Portico Vine ARLFC's exceptional planning, preparation, management and commitment to excellence were on full display, making the occasion a memorable chapter in the club's history.
The England Lions Development Pathway 14+ is a program designed to identify and nurture the country's most promising rugby league talents. It provides a platform for young athletes to showcase their skills and impress selectors. Our very own Kieron Manweiler, Ryan Hughes, Lewis Parle and Aaron Knowles were amoungst those to take to the fields.
As the chosen venue for this momentous occasion, Portico Vine ARLFC rose to the occasion and left no stone unturned in ensuring the event's success. From the moment the teams arrived at the Scholes Lane fields, they were greeted with warm hospitality and impeccable organisation. The club's dedicated volunteers worked tirelessly to create an inviting and professional environment for the aspiring athletes, fostering an atmosphere of camaraderie and healthy competition.
The new clubhouse stood proud and played a crucial role in elevating the entire experience. The meticulously maintained playing fields provided an ideal surface for the players to showcase their skills, while the top-notch amenities ensured their comfort throughout the evening. This attention to detail and commitment to excellence demonstrated the club's genuine passion for the sport and its future stars.
Beyond the logistics, the friendly and passionate supporters from each team were also a driving force behind the event's success. Their unwavering support created an electric atmosphere that motivated players to give their all on the field. The synergy between players, fans, and the club showcased the power of a united rugby community. The high level of competition and sportsmanship on display left everyone in awe and admiration.
The success of the event was also a testament to the strong leadership and vision of the club's regular volunteers. Whilst small in number, their foresight in embracing opportunities like hosting the England Lions Development Pathway exemplifies their commitment to the development of rugby league at local, regional and national levels.
Over 500 attendees! What a night that will forever be locked into the memories. 💚💛
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