Youngsters represent football clubs’ Community Trusts in Kicks tournament.Before Saturday’s game against Midlands side Birmingham City, youngsters from the communities of Wigan and Birmingham took part in a football competition against one another.
The tournament at Wigan Youth Zone, organised by Wigan Athletic Community Trust, featured players from both Clubs' Kicks projects which gives young people between the ages of 12 – 19 the chance to take part in football and sport sessions in the evenings throughout the year.
As well as taking part in the tournament, the youngsters from both projects received tickets to go and watch Wigan Athletic’s impressive 4-0 victory over Birmingham at the DW Stadium.
Although the football result didn’t go in favour of the youngsters from the Birmingham Kicks project, they did earn the bragging rights from the tournament, where the final finished 3-1 in favour of one of the teams from Birmingham.
Head of Community at Birmingham City FC, Dean Holtham said: ‘It was great of Wigan Athletic to invite us up for the match. Some of these young people would never have this opportunity if it wasn’t for the Kicks programme.’
‘It brings the clubs together but better than that it brings the communities of Wigan and Birmingham together, which is great for the young people of both areas.’
Latics Kicks co-ordinator Tom Drake said: ‘We invited participants from both areas who have been well behaved and punctual in their attendance at the Kicks’ projects. We want to try and integrate different communities to give the participants a chance to represent their clubs, which is an opportunity they may not normally get.’
As part of the Latics Kicks project, which is supported by the Premier League and Sport England, the Community Trust runs football and sports sessions for hundreds of 12-19 year olds each week at several locations across Wigan and Leigh.
For more information about the Latics Kicks project please contact Tom Drake on 01942 488 530 or email firstname.lastname@example.org