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Exciting partnership for Lions’ Foundation

04 April 2023


Swinton Lions Community Sports Foundation is proud to announce a new community partnership with Manchester Rugby Coaching, an organisation recently set up by specialist athletic performance and rugby coach, Chris Honor.

Lions’ Director of Development Damian Ridpath, said, “I am delighted to confirm this partnership with Manchester Rugby Coaching. After meeting Chris, it was very apparent that we had like-minded views on rugby league development and coaching in general. Our Lions Foundation has been working in RL delivery non-stop for the past three years, so to partner with Chris and his organisation to help us deliver wider outcomes for the sport, and to stretch our influence was fantastic. Manchester Rugby Coaching will sub-contract from the Lions helping us achieve the specific targets that we have set to grow our club’s Foundation and the sport of Rugby League in the Manchester City Region.”

Chris Honor of Manchester Rugby Coaching said, “”I am delighted to be partnering with Swinton Lions as we grow the game of rugby league throughout Manchester and its surrounding areas. To have the backing of not just the RFL, but also of a club like Swinton Lions with all its history, means a lot for Manchester Rugby Coaching. After meeting Damian to discuss how we can work together, his passion not only for the game but also for the club was clear to see. It will be a privilege to work alongside Damian and the Swinton Lions club moving forward.

“Manchester Rugby Coaching and Swinton Lions both have big ambitions, and it will be great to provide a direct link to my customers to the club, and hopefully create some more Lions fans and perhaps even future first team players. This is very much a partnership and I thank Damian and the club for their belief and trust in Manchester Rugby Coaching as we move to provide more opportunities in the community and for the growth of the beautiful game.”



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