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13 October 2014

Wigan MP visits primary school to show support for Premier League backed initiative.

Pupils from Our Lady’s Primary School in Aspull had a special guest in a PE lesson delivered by Latics coaches, when Lisa Nandy visited the school to find out more about the Schools Sports programme that has been organised by Wigan Athletic Community Trust.

Thanks to funding from the Premier League, the Community Trust is able to offer up to 70 primary schools a year in Wigan the chance to receive 25 hours of free football and sports coaching.

During her visit, Lisa joined in with Year 6 pupils in a PE session focusing on agility, balance and co-ordination.

Lisa said: ‘It’s fantastic to see first-hand how much Wigan Athletic give back to the community. Many of the children here see Latics as their heroes and it was clear how much they love these lessons. With such passionate and inspirational coaches, many more of our young people will go on to be fit and active for years to come. I wish every football club in the country was as proactive as ours.’

The Premier League have invested £10.5million across 67 Premier League and Football League Clubs to help schools deliver more and better PE lessons in primary schools over the next three years.

In addition to offering schools free coaching, Wigan Athletic Community Trust also support schools with organising after-school sports clubs, termly football competitions and teacher training.

Our Lady’s Head Teacher, Mr John Rushton, said: ‘Latics have been coming to the school for a few years now and they’ve really got to know the children – the relationship between them is brilliant and the standard of coaching is exceptional.'

‘The children absolutely love sport already, but the name Wigan Athletic gives that extra cache and really captures the children’s interest and attention.’

For more information about the Team Latics Schools Sports programme please contact Gareth Nolan, Schools Sports co-ordinator, on 01942 488 530 or email

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