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27 March 2013

Latics Community Coach recognised for inspiring young people

A member of Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s coaching staff has been shortlisted for a national award for the work she has done in encouraging more girls to take part in sport. 

Amy Riley has been working part-time for the Community Trust for the last 12 months and has been nominated in the Inspiring Person Award at the 2013 Kickz Awards.

Part of Amy’s work involves working on the Wigan Athletic Kickz project in Hag Fold where she helps organise activities for young people between the ages of 12- 19, three nights for 48 weeks of the year.

And Amy has been instrumental in increasing girls participation from 1% to 11% in the last 12 months by organising girls only dance sessions.

Toni Schofield, 18 from Hag Fold who takes part in the sessions said: “Amy is brilliant at dance, she helps all the girls out with the routines and is a great teacher.”

The Kickz project has been running in Hag Fold since 2007 and Wigan Athletic Community Trust now runs Kickz sessions in five different areas of Wigan helping 100’s of young people a week play football and sport.

Kim McBride, Active Women’s Co-ordinator at Wigan and Leisure Culture Trust who helped to set up the dance sessions said: “Amy is reliable, enthusiastic, passionate and a huge asset to the programme. Through her work she has increased opportunities for young people in areas of deprivation to take part in fun dance and fitness activities.

“She is a fantastic asset to the team and the programme”

Amy will find out if she has won the national award at the 2013 Kickz Awards at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge Ground next Tuesday (April 2nd).

For more information about Wigan Athletic Kickz sessions please contact Community Cohesion Co-ordinator Adam Jones on 01942 488 530 or e-mail

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