Stars of the athletics and basketball world come to coach at Premier League 4 Sport sessionsManchester Giants latest basketballer Jamie Kohn and Wigan born Jenny Meadows, 800m finalist at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, both attended sessions at Wigan Youth Zone which provided youngsters with the chance to get involved in the two different sports.
Each week the Community Trust helps hundreds of young people in Wigan take part in six Olympic sports as part of the Premier League 4 Sport programme.
Jamie, who plays as a Guard for Manchester Giants, attended a 3v3 basketball tournament, involving 45 students from schools across Wigan and Leigh. The players also had the opportunity to sign up to play for the newly formed Wigan WYZards Basketball Club, which the Community Trust has worked with Wigan Youth Zone to create.
Jamie said, “I think it’s great to see all of these numbers, there are even more kids here than I expected. Basketball’s a growing sport around the world but especially in England and in Europe, so it’s great to see the numbers turn up tonight and hopefully we’ll find some good players."
"Coming to these events is really integral to what we do, we’re professional athletes but we want to go out as a club and promote the sport. For Wigan Athletic to promote not only football, but basketball and other sports too, it gives youngsters great opportunities to get involved with a variety of sports."
Jenny Meadows and her husband and coach Trevor Painter, who coaches at Premier League 4 Sport sessions on a regular basis, also came along to an athletics session, giving youngsters the opportunity to try their hand at the javelin, discus and high jump.
Jenny recently competed in the 800m finals at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Game representing Great Britain. She also helped to launch the Community Trust’s involvement with athletics last season
Jenny said: “It was brilliant to be here this evening to see what goes on at the sessions and fantastic that Wigan Athletic put their name to a great participation sport like this. The kids here are really, really enjoying themselves and they’re having a go at lots of different events that they may not otherwise have a go at.”
“It’s great when you see someone say ‘oh I’m not really good at this’, but then they keep coming back, having a go and really getting into it.”
Over 500 youngsters have got involved with the athletics and basketball sessions in the past year, with over 1000 participants taking part in across the whole Premier League 4 Sports programme in the last 12 months.
Athletics, badminton, basketball, table tennis, tennis and volleyball all feature in the Premier League 4 Sport activities and take place on a variety of days.
For more information about the sessions, please contact Zac Taylor, Premier League 4 Sport co-ordinator, on 01942 488 530 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Premier League 4 Sport is organised in partnership with the Premier League and Sport England.