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22 April 2015

Kim Bo-Kyung and Jermaine Pennant free kick competition at Easter football camp.

Twelve-year-old goalkeeper Jimmy Dobson had a dream opportunity at Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s Easter football camp last week – to go in net and try to keep out free kicks from Wigan Athletic’s Jermaine Pennant and Kim Bo-Kyung!

The midfielders visited the Standish Pay as you Play camp as a thank you to the 30 youngsters who attended throughout the Easter holidays, joining in with a skill workshop and showing off impressive new turns for the junior footballers to have a go at, before both players went head-to-head in a free kick competition.

Jimmy’s big moment came when he was called upon to go in net to keep out prolific free kick goal scorer Jermaine Pennant.

Jermaine’s first went inches wide of the post, but it was his second that was heading straight down the middle, only for Jimmy to stop it hitting the back of the net – doing what the Rotherham and Fulham keepers couldn’t!

Jermaine said: “I think I was under a bit of pressure from the keeper! I’m sure he’s been watching the Wigan games and has seen some of my free kicks, I was just glad to get one past him.”

“I can remember when I was a youth like these here, just loving playing football and getting a ball any chance I got, so it’s great to see so many down here doing the same thing.”

Jimmy was close to saving Jermaine’s third as well, getting his fingertips to the ball but being unable to keep it from crossing the line. And after scoring his first, Kim’s last two shots were kept out by Jimmy too!

Jimmy said: “I think that was the best free kick I’ve ever saved really. Both of them said well done to me, it was great to go up against them.”

Wigan Athletic Community Trust hold football and dance camps every school holiday in a number of locations across Wigan, providing school children with the chance to meet new friends and stay active when school is out – over 350 attended this year’s Easter camps.

To find out more about the Community Trust’s current bookable holiday camps [click here], or contact the Trust by telephoning 01942 488 530, or by emailing

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