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3 November 2014

Latics community programme receive funding boost from Big Lottery Fund.

Wigan Athletic Community Trust has received funding for a new scheme to tackle health and lifestyle issues among teenagers in Wigan.

The 12th Man scheme will provide support to youngsters who are involved in the Latics Kicks programme by talking to them about health issues that affect them.

The programme is being funded through an Awards for All grant from the Big Lottery Fund and will cover issues such as alcohol and drugs awareness, nutrition, tobacco and mental health and well-being. It will run four, ten-week courses for 60 young people over the next 12 months.

The Trust was presented with the cheque before Latics home game against Millwall, by representatives from the Big Lottery Fund.

Ceri McGhee from the Big Lottery Fund said: 'The project is really inspiring and a great example of how a little funding can make a big difference to local communities. We wish them every success for the future.'

At the end of each course, participants will be asked to become 12th Man volunteers for the Trust, helping to talk to friends and family and health issues such as smoking and then signposting them onto other local health services.

Tom Flower, Head of Community at Wigan Athletic Community Trust, said: 'Young people in Wigan often face a range of challenges around health and our team of coaches who work on projects such as Kicks are often in a great position to talk to them in an informal way about issues they might be facing.'

'We are very grateful to the Big Lottery Fund for this grant and for Wigan Council in providing the training for the coaches which will mean they can deliver the correct information to participants.'

To find out more about the 12th Man programme please contact Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s Community Cohesion Co-ordinator, Tom Drake on 01942 488 530 or email

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