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7 January 2013

First team stars help disabled young people join in

Latics skipper Gary Caldwell and fellow first team stars Shaun Maloney, David Jones and Ben Watson helped to spread some early Christmas cheer in December when they visited a special football training sessions for 50 Wigan young people with disabilities.

The visit was part of the first team squad's Christmas visits which saw them give out presents and gifts at schools and hospitals across Wigan.

The children had taken part in a day of football coaching and competitions at the PowerLeague Soccerdome as part of the Just Join In disability sports project organised by Latics in the Community.

Defender Gary said: “It’s great at this time of year for the players to be able to give something back to the fans and the community. All the kids seemed to be made up with the presents we gave them and it was fantastic that they had spent the day playing football as well.”

As part of the Just Join In programme which is funded by the Premier League/PFA Community Fund, Wigan Athletic Community Trust work with special schools in Wigan on a weekly basis providing free coaching in a range of different sports.

They also get the chance to attend after school football coaching with some of the young people going on to represent the Latics in monthly competition against other North West Football Clubs.

The event at the Powerleague was a chance to introduce more young people to the programme and was organised in partnership with Wigan Sports Development.

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

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