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Wigan Athletic Community Trust works to create stronger communities by providing positive activities for young people and families throughout the year.

Through its partnership with the Premier League, Wigan Council and Wigan and Leigh Homes, its flagship social inclusion project, Kicks, provides sporting opportunities for over 1,200 young people a year.

Kicks also enables young people the chance to become volunteers, earn qualifications and gain a better understanding on how to make positive health and lifestyle choices through the 12th Man Health Championship scheme.

Please click here to view the video of the North West Kicks League launch at Wigan Youth Zone.

As part of its commitment to Wigan Athletic’s equality and diversity programme Together, the Community Trust works to increase the amount of people from underrepresented groups who take part in regular sports and physical activity.

The Every Player Counts scheme provides opportunities for 100’s of young people with disabilities to play football and sport, with four football teams representing Wigan Athletic in regular competitions.

Please click here to view the video of the Every Player Counts launch at Wigan Soccerdome.

The Community Trust works in partnership with both the Premier League and Wigan Athletic Ladies Football Club to promote football to women and girls with 12 sessions of free football running a week at venues across Wigan.

Please click here for more information about Wigan Athletic Ladies Football Club.

To help the most vulnerable young people in Wigan, the Community Trust provides mentoring activities through funding and support by the Big Lottery Fund and Wigan Council.

The award winning Pathway 2 Participation scheme works in partnership with Wigan Youth Zone and Inspiring Health Lifestyles to encourage more young people to take part in sporting, educational and arts activities to improve their health and wellbeing, while also raising their aspirations and ambitions.

Please click here to view the Pathway 2 Participation video.

As well as supporting young people, in partnership with agencies such as Wigan Borough CCG and the Brick, the Community Trust also provides weekly physical activity and training opportunities for adults including ex-servicemen and women and those at risk of becoming homeless.

To find out more information on how Wigan Athletic Community Trust provides Community Development opportunities for young people and families please contact Sport and Community Manager Wes Partington on 01942 318090 or email