Football and sport opportunities for young people in Wigan have been given a huge boost thanks to a new grant awarded to Wigan Athletic Community Trust.
The Latics community programme has been given £240,000 from the Premier League Charitable Fund to roll out the Premier League Kicks project in five areas of Wigan over the next three years.
The new funding will allow the Trust to provide football and sports activities for young people between the ages of 12-19 for three nights a week up to 40 weeks of the year.
Premier League Kicks replaces the old Kickz project which has been running in Wigan since 2007 and has had hundreds of people take part in it. Participants were able to gain sports qualifications while helping to reduce anti-social behaviour in the communities it operated in.
Through Premier League Kicks each year the Trust will aim to work with 680 young people and provide volunteering opportunities for participants and the chance to play in regular football and sports competitions.
Head of Community Tom Flower said: “The Community Trust has been successfully running activities on a Thursday and Friday evenings for young people in Wigan for the last six or seven years and many of the coaches who now work for us started out as participants on Kickz.
“Premier League Kicks will see our coaches running sessions across Wigan every night of the week and will give100’ of young people in Wigan the chance to take part in free sports activities on their door steps in their own communities”
The Premier League Kicks scheme is also supported by Wigan and Leigh Housing, Lloyds/TSB Foundation and Wigan and Leisure Culture Trust.
For more information please contact Community Cohesion Co-ordinator Tom Drake on 01942 488 530 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.