Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s Ashleigh Hayes supports Premier Skills initiative in ChinaWigan Athletic Community Trust coach, Ashleigh Hayes, has just returned from China, where she was helping to train 40 grassroots football coaches.
Ashleigh, who manages the Community Trust’s girl’s football programme, was in Beijing for seven days working alongside coaches from other professional football clubs as part of the Premier Skills programme.
The 40 coaches were all teachers from primary and secondary schools in China; the aim of the scheme is for them to return to their schools and put into practise what they have learnt.
At the end of the week, Ashleigh presented each of the coaches in her group with their own Wigan Athletic home shirt.
Ashleigh said: ‘It was the experience of a lifetime for me to go to China to run a Premier Skills Course and experience their culture and lifestyle but most importantly try to broaden the coach’s ideas when it comes to sessions and lessons.’
‘We held a festival at the end of the week where the coaches were able to put what they learnt into sessions for children from a local primary schools. The results and improvement that I saw in the coaches was fantastic and made the whole trip worthwhile.’
The Premier Skills programme is organised by the Premier League in partnership with the British Council and coaches from Wigan Athletic Community Trust have previously supported the scheme in Mexico and Egypt.