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Paul Wood "Jarrod Sammut & Matty Blythe The Ones to Watch"

Posted by Carl Bennett on 25th April 2013

Warrington Wolves will be at home for the first time in 4 weeks this Sunday. Looking ahead to this weekend's crunch clash against rivals Bradford Bulls Paul Wood has identified where he feels their strengths lie.

"They've been really impressive. I've watched them a few times on Sky this year. I think Francis Cummins has done a magnificent job there and it's good to see an English coach doing really well too. Especially with the troubles they had last year, I don't think people expected them to be in the position that they are in at the moment, sitting one point behind us. But credit to them they are playing really well as a team and are attacking really well so we need to be on the ball this week if we are going to put in a good performance against them.

"I think Jarrod Sammut has been a stand-out player for them; he'll try anything during a game you've got to really keep your eye on him. Then you've got Kearney at the back who's been playing really well - I think he's one of the leading try-scorers at the minute in Super League, he's scoring tries a lot. Matty Blythe when he's been playing for Bradford has been one of their performers - we've watched highlights and Matty's been involved in quite a lot of the plays, apparently he could be back playing against us this week so will be one to watch as well."

"It feels like forever since we played here last. Just looking out at the pitch it looks like it's done it some favours - it looks a lot firmer and a lot greener. Hopefully we'll have a nice sunny day, a firm pitch and a big crowd at the Halliwell Jones, and hopefully a good win."

Paul has been working really hard this season and took a well earned rest over the weekend where he watched the team play in the cup round from the sidelines. He was really impressed with the work the team put in and commented:

"It was a good performance. I was happy to see the two debutants, Glenn Riley and Danny Bridge, I thought they put in good performances and didn't look out of place whatsoever; they did really well. I thought we got a couple of issues right that we'd talked about through the week in terms of defending. Keighley attacked pretty well and threw a lot at us but we worked really hard in defence and got a few things sorted that we needed to which was pleasing but more importantly we got the win."

Moving forwards Warrignton Wolves are now looking to defend their Trophy and Paul believes his team have started the season well. 

"It's good to know we are the holders of it but it takes a lot of hard work to maintain it. We have done it before so we will be working really hard to do it again but we are looking one week at a time that's when we tend to be successful - when we look one week at a time and we don't look too far into the future. We've got a big game coming up against Salford at the Halliwell Jones which should be good. They are only 25 minutes down the road so it's a bit of a local derby for us. They've been a bit of bogey team for us over the years, they've always managed to turn us over when we've been expected to beat them but we have put some big scores in against them too so it should be an interesting game."

"We've started reasonably well. I think the expectations of Warrington, at the moment, are pretty high so a lot of people probably don't think we've done that well, but we've started okay. It tends to be this time of year that team's start gelling and start putting performances together. Once you get past that Easter period the league starts ironing itself out and you know which teams are going to be there or there about. Performance wise we are looking to kick on from here now and build some momentum hopefully."

As always we will be watching with baited breath and supporting Paul on Sunday. We are proud to sponsor such an impressive player.


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Paul Wood Reaches 300 Games for Wolves!

Posted by Christos Panayiotou on 22nd February 2013

We will be cheering on Warrington Wolves this Saturday as they take on Hull at the KC stadium. The game will be Paul Wood’s 300th game for the club which is an amazing achievement and shows his consistency and dedication to the club. The game will be the first of two trips to Hull for rounds 4 and 5 of the super league.

Last season the Wolves played Hull FC in the opening round of the competition securing one point from a 20-20 draw. Wolves travel to Hull unbeaten in their last 3 games and although Hull represent strong opposition we believe Wolves will just edge it this year. We are predicting an action packed but very close game.

Wolves' head of coaching and rugby Tony Smith said: "It will be a tough game no doubt. Last year was unique; I think we got off a plane five days before our first round against Hull and we had a real tough game over there. We are in a different shape this year as are they. They've recruited some new players and will have gained some confidence from their last couple of outings. We are starting to build some of ours as well. While there are still some aspects of our game that we need to continue to improve on we feel we are improving in some areas as well."

Just in case you didn’t know we proudly sponsor Paul Wood and as always are very impressed with his contribution to the club. 300 is a particularly notable milestone as it is a number synonymous with the legendry Spartan army who so famously fought the Persians in ancient Greek history. We believe this is a very fitting anology for Paul who probably would have fitted in perfectly in ancient Sparta!

We hope he agrees and likes our picture of him!


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Paul Wood Presents Trade Skills 4U With His Shirt

Posted by Carl Bennett on 14th January 2013

Last year we were chuffed to get the opportunity to sponsor Rugby League hard man Paul Wood. As mad fans of the sport were had been waiting some time for the opportunity to sponsor Paul and finally got our chance at the end of last season. I have met Paul a number of times since then and it was great to catch up with him on Wednesday evening when he presented me with his shirt.

Paul who shot to fame for losing a testicle in the Rugby League Grand Final last October recently gave an interview about life after the incident and the impact it has had on his career.

Paul said that the physical injury itself was not too bad. What he really struggled with (like anyone who loves their sport) was the mental side of dealing with the injury. He found it particularly hard to miss out on training and sit on the side-lines while his team mates carried on as usual. Despite the fact he has been at the receiving end of more puns and jokes than ever before Paul also missed the banter with his team mates.

As a result of his unique injury and amazing ability to play on for 25 minutes with a ruptured testicle Paul has shot to national and international fame. He has even been asked to appear on TV and radio shows in America. This is all very positive and helps promote the sport amongst a much wider audience.

We hope to continue to support Paul for many years to come and he has confirmed that he intends to carry on playing for Wolves for the next 2 years at least until he reaches 33 years old. This is great news for us and for Wolves as he has been in excellent form over the last year.

You can view the full video interview with Paul Wood below:




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Trade Skills 4U is proud to sponsor Paul Wood, our hero in the best sport in the world!

Posted by Carl Bennett on 16th October 2012

We always like to feel we have our eye on the ball here at Tradeskills4u, so it comes as no surprise that when the opportunity came to sponsor Warrington Wolves Rugby league hard man Paul Wood as a lifelong Warrington fan I jumped at the chance.

Paul Wood came to national and international notice when during the Rugby league Grand Final at Old Trafford last weekend he took an unintended knee to the groin that resulted him having surgery that night to remove one of his testicles.

The injury in itself is quite a trauma; however Paul refused to come off for 25 minutes insisting on doing his stint to help his team win the game. After the game, he went straight to the hospital for treatment.


The most impressive part of the story wasn’t Paul’s ability to cope with the pain. As a rugby fan I know the amount of courage these guys show on a weekly basis, what was more remarkable was Paul’s attitude expressed in his tweets during treatment and immediately following surgery. I particularly liked the tweet he sent as he was discharged.

What made the story for me was his attitude in adversity and is typical of the types of blokes that play the best sport in the world .

I’ve spoken to Paul on a number of occasions, despite his hard man image, he’s actually quite an articulate, intelligent and quietly spoken guy and his humorous attitude to his eye watering injury is what makes him a special bloke and the sort of guy that we would want to be associated with.  We think we have the best electrical training company in Britain, Paul Wood is consistent with our  ‘can do’ attitude.

Just to reinforce his positive attitude, Paul was straight back to work in his second job a few days later in his company Tryfitnesstraining.co.uk putting his customers through their paces. He also just started a degree course with the University Of Bolton.

He’s clearly got a busy dance card and we’ll play our part in helping him with his own business if we can be at all helpful.

We look forward to supporting Paul in the coming 2013 season, hopefully he can get through it without losing any more bits!

Every year thousands of experienced electricians and new entrants to the industry train with Trade Skills 4U. For those choosing a new career, retraining can be a daunting tough challenge. So a “can do attitude” in sometimes adverse circumstances is key.  Paul Wood’s attitude epitomises this and it is also something that I have experienced in my own life.

I was previously a tactical firearms specialist with SO19 in the MET where I was also heavily involved with training. However due to a brain tumour I was forced into retirement at the relatively young age of 41. At that time it was either sink or swim and I chose to swim. Despite what I had been through and still not fully recovered I decided to combine my love for DIY with my training expertise and TradeSkills4U was born in 2005. Since then we have gone from strength to strength and we are now the UK’s Premier electrical training company.

In 2011 more people passed electrical City & Guilds courses with Trade Skills 4U than any other training provider. This is something I am very proud of!


Carl Bennett MD in his MET Police Days



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