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28 October 2014

Outstanding Achievement in Sport award for Shakerley participants.

A group of Community Trust participants from Shakerley Common received the Outstanding Achievement in Sport award at the WISH FM Local Heroes Awards last week, with former Latics captain Neill Rimmer on hand to make the presentation.

Over the past four years, the youngsters have taken part in Latics Kicks and Midnight League schemes that are led by the Community Trust, successfully representing Wigan Athletic at several local and national football competitions.

Most recently, the team won the Coalfield Regeneration Trust’s Game On inter-regional tournament, gaining the opportunity to go on and represent England in the Game On Home Internationals in Scotland next month.

Speaking after the participants won the tournament, Head of Social Investment at Coalfields Regeneration Trust, Andy Lock said:  ‘The team from Wigan should be very proud of their achievements; it was a close call and to have taken the trophy once again is a real achievement and has set a precedent. We look forward to seeing them play in Scotland next month.’

The participants were put forward for the award by local PCSO Gill Pickersgill, who has worked alongside the Shakerley community for several years. Gill said: ‘Since the group came together four years ago through the CRT Midnight Leagues project, we have seen a huge shift for the better in their behaviour, attitudes, community engagement and engagement with ourselves.’

‘Most of the lads who are in this football team had probably never been out of the Wigan area. Due to their commitment to this scheme, they now have ample opportunities to travel to different parts of the country, which will broaden their horizons and experiences in a positive way.’

The Community Trust run football coaching sessions in locations across the Wigan borough throughout the week. More information on current sessions can be found by [clicking here].

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