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22 December 2014

Wigan Athletic Community Trust presented as winners to Latics crowd.

During half time at Wigan Athletic’s game against Rotherham, the Community Trust were presented in front of the Latics crowd, as the North West Football Awards’ Community Club of the Year.

The Community Trust won the award earlier this month, following a highly successful year in which they delivered sessions to over 8,000 young people throughout the Wigan community. 

Phillip Williams, Chairman of Trustees and Vice Chairman of Wigan Athletic said: 

“This award is a fantastic achievement and a testament to the hard work and commitment of everyone at Wigan Athletic Community Trust. 

"Every year the Trust is expanding its reach in schools and across the community and for us to be recognised this way is something we are very proud of.” 

Over the last 12 months, the Community Trust has achieved the following –
  • 6,292 young people taking part in schools coaching.
  • Increasing female participation across all projects to 34%.
  • 1969 young people attending Kicks and Premier League 4 Sport sessions.
  • 813 young people receiving coaching at Wigan Youth Zone.
  • 319 young people with disabilities taking part in coaching.
  • 67% of participants attending at least five sessions.
  • 213 volunteers completing 1845 volunteering hours.
  • 124 people gaining a sports qualification.
  • 73% of participants losing weight on a men’s health programme.
  • Reducing anti-social behaviour by up to 51% in selected communities.
  • Providing apprenticeship opportunities for five unemployed young people.

Jonathan Jackson, Chief Executive of Wigan Athletic and Trustee of the Community Trust, said: 

"The Community Trust does a fantastic job in helping to maintain the relationship between the club and our supporters, and to win an award like this is brilliant.

“Presenting them to the crowd as the North West’s Community Club of the Year was the perfect way to highlight their highly successful year.” 

Tom Flower, Head of Community, said: 

“Saturday’s presentation gave the fans a chance to really recognise the hard work and success that our coaches and staff have achieved this year. 

The Community Club of the Year award could only be achieved through their commitment, as well as the ongoing support from all of our partners and funders.” 

To find out more about the Community Trust, please contact 01942 488 530 or email

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