Player and President don cap and gown
Wolves star Jon Clarke and club president Lord Doug Hoyle graduated from the University of Chester last week.
Jon Clarke received his Sport and Exercise Science degree whilst president Lord Hoyle was presented with an honorary degree.
Both presentations were made at Chester Cathedral.
The club supports and encourages players to consider careers after that of professional Rugby League with other members of the team having also completed NVQ qualifications.
Jon said: “I was training every day until lunch but I felt that I was just wasting my afternoons. I was starting to envisage the end of my career and decided that I needed to do something to set me up for the future.
“Studying for this degree opened up a whole new career path for me and while it was hard-going training and studying at the same time, I was really focussed and got so much from it.”
He gained a 2:1 for his degree rounding off a memorable year having also lifted the Carnegie Challenge Cup trophy in August. Next year will see Jon embark on his testimonial having been part of the Warrington club for 10 years.
Jon's dissertation centred on recovery rates following a simulated rugby game and he is keen to explore this further.“The area I really enjoyed learning about was strength and conditioning and this is something I’d like to move into once I’ve stopped playing.
“I’d also like to go on to do a Masters, focussing in particular on strength and conditioning.”
Jon is keen to praise his programme lecturers Professor Ken Green, Dr Daniel Bloyce, Dr Andy Smith and Dr Craig Twist and to thank the club for the support he received during his studies.
Dr Daniel Bloyce, Deputy Head of Department, said: “Jon was a very impressive student. Alongside being a professional Rugby League player who trained and played week in, week out, even gaining his Great Britain cap while at University, he studied incredibly hard and it’s testament to his determination that he succeeded in completing the programme in only four years which is a remarkable achievement for a part-time student.”
Lord Hoyle said: “It meant an awful lot to me to receive this honorary degree for my service within both the public and sporting sectors of Warrington. In a sense it was not just for me but also for the people of Warrington.
"It was a very impressive occasion made more so by its location in Chester Cathedral which was almost filled to the rafters with all the other students. I was deeply honoured to be involved.”
Professor Tim Wheeler, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Chester, said about those receiving honorary degrees including Lord Hoyle: "We were delighted to welcome nine outstanding individuals who have given so much to society. They thoroughly deserved their Honorary Degrees and we were proud to have them join us for these special occasions."