Dan Norman Joins Club 20

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8th September 2019

Dan Norman becomes the latest player to join the Vikings’ Club 20, after being named in the 17 to take on Dewsbury Rams 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 Dan’s inclusion this afternoon, the number of inductees is now at 17, with the club edging closer to the magic number of 20.

Norman picked up international honours for England Under 16’s against France and started his Vikings journey at the age of 16 when he joined the club’s Academy, playing his community rugby with Woolston Rovers and Latchford Albion.

His professional debut came on loan at Swinton Lions, before making his Super League and club debut against Salford Red Devils last season, coming off the bench after being drafted into the squad late on.

Norman also impressed last season on dual registration with partner club North Wales Crusaders, featuring 17 times during their 2018 League 1 campaign.

This season, the 22-year-old became a regular in Kieron Purtill’s side, making 18 appearances and scoring his first try for the club in their 28-22 victory over Batley Bulldogs, whilst also featuring at Wembley Stadium in the 1895 Cup Final.

Dan Norman says: “I’m made up to end the season by joining Club 20.

“Watching five of my teammates make Club 20 this season has spurred me on to achieve it myself, and I’m honoured to now be joining them.

“Walking out on Sunday with my Club 20 number on the front of my shirt will be a proud moment for me, and to have so many of the lads beside me in the club too proves how impressive and important the academy is here at the Vikings.

“I’m happy that I have been able to force my way into the 17 on a regular basis this season, with that ultimately leading to me now marking my 20th appearance for the club.

“Hopefully I can kick on from this season and continue to improve as a player, with plenty more milestones to come in the future.”

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

1. Danny Craven (129 appearances)

2. Alex Gerrard (114 appearances)

3. Jack Owens (95 appearances)

4. Grant Gore (23 appearances)

5. Matt Whitley (100 appearances)

6. Tom Gilmore (58 appearances)

7. Jay Chapelhow (77 appearances)

8. Jordan Johnstone (66 appearances)

9. Ryan Ince (46 appearances)

10. Ed Chamberlain (21 appearances)

11. Danny Walker (30 appearances)

12. Ted Chapelhow (52 appearances)

13. Brad Walker (39 appearances)

14. Keanan Brand (33 appearances)

15. Joe Lyons (24 appearances)

16. Owen Farnworth (21 appearances)

17. Dan Norman (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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