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23 December 2014

Tournament held at Wigan Youth Zone to mark World War One Centenary

As part of Wigan Athletic’s commemorations surrounding the 100-year-anniversary of World War One and the Christmas Truce football games, Wigan Athletic Community Trust organised a football tournament at Wigan Youth Zone to mark the occasion.

Teams from across Wigan who take part in the Latics Kicks project, came together as the troops did in World War One and held a friendly competition.

The tournament, which was organised with the support of Wigan Council, started with a minute’s silence in remembrance of the fallen soldiers, then the teams were reminded of the events that took place in the trenches at Christmas time in 1914, to help them to understand why the competition was taking place.

Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s Community Cohesion Co-Ordinator, Tom Drake, said: “The tournament was a brilliant way of bringing together young people from across Wigan, whilst also raising awareness of the World War One Centenary.”

“A lot of the participants weren’t sure what the Christmas Truce was, so we held a workshop and a minutes silence before the tournament began, to help make them aware of the history surrounding the Truce and its significance."

The games were split into two age groups, with the winners of the Over 14 group coming from Shakerley and the 12-14 age group winners coming from Hag Fold.

Latics Kicks provide evening football and sports opportunities for 12-19 year olds in areas across Wigan and the project is supported by the Premier League, Sport England and locally by Wigan and Leigh Housing.

To find out more about the Latics Kicks project, please contact Tom Drake on 01942 488 530 or email

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