Widnes Wild Ice Hockey Team link up with local American Football Club Halton Spartans in hopes to raise awareness of new sports and development opportunities in the local area.








Widnes Wild Ice Hockey Club are lighting the lamp in the local community, in hopes to raise awareness of the team and make their presence known within Halton. Since appointing Head Coach Scott McKenzie (former Telford Tigers Forward) Widnes Wild have been working in partnership with Silver Blades Ice Rink to reinvent the junior ice hockey development pathway, reached out to schools in surrounding areas as part of the #WildInTheCommunity campaign and most recently made strong links with American Football Club The Halton Spartans.

Head Coaches from both clubs came together this week (29/06) to discuss at length the impact a link between Widnes Wild and Halton Spartans could have to the future of sport and leisure in Halton. Ian Derbyshire (Halton Spartans Head Coach) expressed his passion for American Football and the quality experience he strives for, whether it be training, game play or the match day experience. Widnes Wild Head Coach Scott McKenzie shares Ian’s enthusiasm and believes that there is a lot to gain for both clubs by linking up long term. Both clubs agree that their efforts can be harnessed to improve and enhance sporting opportunities in the Halton area and beyond and also add value to the match day experience.

During the summer Halton can expect to see Widnes Wild Ice Hockey Club and Halton Spartans American Football club come together for charity events, fundraising, exhibitions and more, taking place at Silver Blades Ice Rink, Select Security Stadium, and other venues in the borough. As the American Football season comes to an end July 2015 for Halton Spartans, Widnes Wild are preparing for theirs to start late August 2015, so the cross over is perfectly timed for both clubs pre and post season. Halton Spartans Head Coach Ian Derbyshire has provided Widnes Wild officials with a chance to meet the team and match day officials along with tickets (worth £5.00 each) to their next home game taking place at Select Security Stadium 05/07 with a 2pm kick off.  

Commenting on the link up Ian Derbyshire Head Coach of the Halton Spartans said

“It’s clear that after meeting with Scott we both I have the same values and principles in our respective clubs, and I look forward to welcoming Scott and other Widnes Wild officials to the Select Security Stadium on Sunday as we take on the Staffordshire Surge who currently sit second in our division. With three games of the season left the Spartans are on track for clinching a playoff spot, which in our first ever season of competitive football is fantastic”

This is the beginning of a lasting partnership that will see two fiercely determined sports clubs from Halton provide the borough with sport and leisure entertainment at a number of venues along with training and development opportunities that encourage both youngsters and adults alike to participate and experience such well established alternative sports on their doorstep.

Pictured below (from left to right) Ian Derbyshire (Halton Spartans Head Coach), Scott McKenzie (Widnes Wild Head Coach) & Ian Beatie (Halton Spartans Offensive Coordinator) Widnes Wild Halton Spartans

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