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11 August 2014

Tournament for Kicks youngsters against local Police Force

An annual tournament between Wigan youngsters and the local police force was held at Leigh Sports Village this weekend.

The competition, organised by Wigan Athletic Community Trust, saw 12 teams of young people involved in the Kicks project play against police officers from across Wigan. The young people travelled from across the Borough, from areas including Hag Fold, Shakerley, Westleigh, Hindley, Pemberton and Atherton to get the chance to compete against the police

Their enthusiasm for the competition was evident by the fact that the all the police teams were knocked out before the semi-finals!

The overall winners of the competition came from the Kicks scheme at Hag Fold, who beat Leigh 6-1 in the final.

Community Cohesion Co-ordinator for the Trust, Tom Drake said: ‘It was great to see another good turn-out for this year’s competition. Kicks has had a great impact in reducing the amount of anti-social behaviour in certain areas since it was introduced, and a lot of this is to do with creating links between the community and the police. The sessions provide a great opportunity for the police and local youngsters to meet and get to know one another in a constructive way.’

The Kicks project provides football and sports opportunities for young people between the ages of 12 – 19, three nights a week for 48 weeks of the year in five different areas of Wigan. Supported by the Premier League, Sport England and Wigan and Leigh Housing over 1,000 participants have taken part since September 2013.

For more information about our Kicks projects, contact Tom Drake on 01942 488530 or via email at

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