Owen Farnworth Joins Club 20

Owen Farnworth Joins Club 20 widnesvikings.co.uk

8th July 2019

Owen Farnworth becomes the latest player to join the Vikings’ Club 20, after being named in the 17 to take on Rochdale Hornets on Sunday. 

Club 20 is an evolution of a plan that was originally designed and implemented by the Academy staff to provide direction and focus for the Academy system.

In 2010, Widnes aimed to help facilitate the progression of twenty academy players to the first team squad by the year 2020, originally calling the initiative ‘Vision 2020’.

Upon this achievement, a more challenging target was set, to produce 20 players that would go on to make 20 senior appearances by the year 2020.

With Owen’s inclusion this afternoon, the number of inductees is now at 16, with the club edging closer to the magic number of 20. 

Farnworth played his community rugby with Chorley Panthers growing up, before linking up with the Vikings at 14 years of age. 

Owen also carries international honours, having been selected in England squads at every stage of the international youth pathway, including the England Youth tour of Australia. 

Farnworth continued to make impressions in the club’s Academy system, and went on to make his first team debut for the Vikings in 2017 against Leeds Rhinos at Headingley. On his debut, he came up with an assist for a Chris Houston try, as well as producing his usual robust and aggressive playing style at first team level. 

After making 14 appearances for the club in 2019, Owen will be be hoping to use his Club 20 induction as a springboard for the rest of the year.

Owen Farnworth says: “It is a really proud moment for me and my family to be joining Club 20.

“I’ve seen a number of the lads make it into Club 20 this year, and I’m buzzing to be joining them now.

“I’ve been here since I was 14 years old, and Widnes Vikings have been great with me, so this place means a lot to me. It’s been a lot of hard work and effort to get me to this point, and I’m really proud to be passing this milestone.

“One of the lads said it earlier in the year, but it will be a proud moment for me to see my Club 20 branding on my shirt whenever I play for this club. 

“There’s 16 of us in this club now, and it’s great for the club that we are producing these players to come into the first team. The aim for myself now is to kick on and secure my place in the 17 for the rest of the year.” 

The following Academy graduates have achieved 20 senior appearances and have therefore been inducted into Club 20:

1.            Danny Craven (121 appearances)

2.            Alex Gerrard (114 appearances)

3.            Jack Owens (87 appearances)

4.            Grant Gore (23 appearances)

5.            Matt Whitley (100 appearances)

6.            Tom Gilmore (53 appearances)

7.            Jay Chapelhow (68 appearances)

8.            Jordan Johnstone (59 appearances)

9.            Ryan Ince (41 appearances)

10.          Ed Chamberlain (21 appearances)

11.          Danny Walker (30 appearances)

12.          Ted Chapelhow (44 appearances)

13.          Brad Walker (32 appearances)

14.          Keanan Brand (26 appearances)

15.          Joe Lyons (23 appearances)

16.          Owen Farnworth (20 appearances)

To enable the continuation, provision of opportunity and progression of the club, the Club 20 package has been developed with the aim of allowing local businesses to support the next generation of Widnes players and support the club for years to come.

The full details of the package are as follows:

Club 20 Sponsorship Package:

  • Two season launch tickets
  • Two places at the Club 20 player induction private dining experience
  • Two places in the Club 20 box at all Vikings 2019 home fixtures
  • 1 matchday parking pass
  • Two exclusive meet and greet sessions with Club 20 players
  • PR around players 20th club appearance
  • Dedicated section of the website
  • Cost: £10,000+VAT

For full information on how you can become a Club 20 Sponsor, contact Tracey Glendinning on traceyg@widnesvikings.co.uk or call 0151 495 2250.

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