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15 November 2012

A member of Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s coaching team has just got back from helping the Premier League establish a community project in Egypt

Wes Partington, who manages Sports and Community Cohesion projects for Latics in the Community, spent a week coaching alongside staff from other Premier League Clubs on the Premier Skills initiative.

Based in Luxor and working with ex England International Steve Howey, Wes helped to teach 50 Egyptian football coaches about event management, working with volunteers and how to attract funding for community projects.

Wes said: “It was a great experience and it was fantastic to see how popular the English game is in Egypt.

“Hopefully the people on the course got a lot out of it and will now be able to go back and help their communities in the same way as the Latics do in Wigan.”

Premier Skills is a partnership between the Premier League and the British Council that has so far run programmes in 20 different countries, developing over 1,100 new coaches.

Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore said: “At home the Premier League and our Clubs have a long-held commitment and reputation for delivering high quality community and education programmes.

“Given our popularity and success internationally we felt it only right to take this approach to a wider community.”

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