Red Apple Education are delighted to announce their sponsorship of Mollie Parker for the forthcoming season.
Mollie is the captain of the Warrington Wolves Ladies u19s team and we are very proud to be associated with her and to be able to support her during the new season.
Warrington Wolves Ladies Team started last year from scratch and Mollie managed to get a position in the squad. The team won the Championship Grand Final and have been promoted to Super League. This year Wolves decided to run an u19 team and Mollie was asked to be captain. She can still play for the full ladies’ team if needed however she was wanted to play regular rugby for the u19s.
The recognition Mollie has received by the club and her peers and the progress she has made since joining them has been outstanding.
Mollie herself is 18 and due to start at Lancaster University in September doing English Literature.
We spoke with Mollie during the finalisation of the sponsorship and we first asked her to provide a summary of her position in the team:
"The number on my jersey is number 9, which indicates that I play the position of ‘Hooker’ where I pick the ball up from the play-the-ball after a tackle to begin the play. Therefore, together with the two half backs and the fullback, the hooker is one of the four key positions that make up what is sometimes called a team's 'spine'.
Commenting on her progression to captaincy and the additional responsibilities she has now assumed, Mollie stated:
"Before I was made captain, I learned a lot last season on the open age team about team morale, motivation and communication. Coming into the team, it was refreshing to see that there were not any cliques which would have divided the players. Therefore, we were able to easily motivate and communicate with each other both on and off the pitch. This is one of the most important aspects which I wanted to bring to the newly formed under 19s team this season. This is because, no one would second guess asking any other player to explain a certain move or technique that they wanted to improve. Thus, such a welcoming environment allowed us to help each other build on specific skills which we individually wanted to develop."
Mollie also provided an insight into the normal match day experience:
"On match days, I would lead the warm-up and try to ensure that everyone is in the right mindset going into the pitch. Additionally, while on the pitch I would aim to keep a level head so that I can focus on both our personal and team goals. Together, these two factors mean that there is no infighting between players when we are in pressurised situations because that will never help you win the game, only increase the frustration and tension between players. Therefore, by doing this, I hope to make playing for the Warrington Wolves even more enjoyable."
Commenting for Red Apple Education, Jamie Sheils (Director) said "we are very proud to be sponsoring Mollie for the forthcoming season. A lot of the skills and attributes Mollie displays both as a competitive athlete and in everyday life are what we as a company, can relate. Mollie has achieved great things in such a short space of time, she leads from the front and by example. Honesty, hard work, teamwork and camaraderie are key to the success of the team and Mollie clearly works hard to instil these at every opportunity. It will be a very exciting season for Mollie and the team, and we will be supporting their progress and plan to be involved in their ongoing success."
Mollie was recently picture at the offices of Red Apple Education in the Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool.
For more information about the Warrington Wolves Ladies u19s team go to https://warringtonwolves.com/