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29 July 2014

Wigan Commonwealth Games Athletics star influences community participation in the sport.

Following the success of the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Community Trust saw an increase in the amount of youngsters wanting to get involved with a variety of sports and follow in the footsteps of their sporting heroes.

One of our most recent programmes, the Premier League 4 Sport Athletics, was influenced by a Wigan-born athlete, who is due to compete in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games tomorrow.

Jenny Meadows will run tomorrow afternoon in the first round of the Athletics 800m as a strong medal contender.

Jenny helped launch the Community Trust’s Athletics programme last year alongside Latics duo Grant Holt and James McArthur and continues to actively support the programmes work.

Her husband Trevor Painter also helps to coach the Athletics sessions with the Community Trust.

Since its introduction last year, the programme has engaged with over 300 youngsters through schools and community groups running the Athletics scheme as part of their Premier League 4 Sport involvement.

Following the programme’s success, plans are in place to continue the Athletics branch of our Premier League 4 Sport scheme throughout the upcoming school year.

Zac Taylor, our Premier League 4 Sport co-ordinator said: ‘I’d like to thank Jenny and Trevor for their ongoing support of our Athletics programme since its introduction last year.’

‘On behalf of everyone at the Community Trust and those who are involved with our Athletics programme, I’d like to wish Jenny the best of luck in her race at the Commonwealth Games!’

The first round of the 800m race will be available to watch on BBC1 from approximately 12pm on Thursday 30th July 2014.

For more information on athletics sessions organised by the Community Trust please contact Zac Taylor on 01942 488 530 or e-mail

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