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5 December 2013

Thomas Rogne and James Perch visit school to help launch new partnership with Barratt Homes

Latics stars Thomas Rogne and James Perch visited pupils at Hope High School this week to pass on their expertise.

The players were there to help deliver the first session of the Wigan Athletic Community Trust schools coaching programme for young people with disabilities in association with Barratt Manchester’s Legacy programme.

Housebuilder Barratt Homes stepped in to partner with the Latics to revive the schools coaching programme after the Trust’s original funding for the Just Join In scheme ended.

Now the Community Trust is able to send qualified coaches out to five schools in Wigan for pupils with special educational needs on a weekly basis.

Thomas and James took part in some training drills with pupils and a keepy up challenge before signing autographs and posing for photographs.

Stephen Fairclough-Speed, Sales Advisor at Barratt’s Blundell’s Wood development in Wigan said he was proud to see the pupils benefiting from the support from Barratt Homes.

“The Barratt Manchester Legacy programme is about developing and building communities,” he said.

“Our partnership with Wigan Athletic Community Trust is about supporting the community in Wigan and I feel happy that we could help to achieve that.”

Head of Community at Wigan Athletic Community Trust Tom Flower said: “We are very grateful for the support of Barratt Homes.

“Having Thomas and James come to Hope School was a great way to kick off the scheme and our coaches are looking forward to working with all the SEN schools in Wigan.”

For more information about the Just Join In programme please contact Chris Baxter on 01942 488 530 or e-mail

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