Relive all of the Wigan Athletic players’ Christmas activities.
- Round-up of Christmas visits by Wigan Athletic players.
- Latics spread festive cheer at Christmas time.
- “The lads always enjoy and appreciate these visits,” Wigan Athletic captain Craig Morgan.
Captain Craig Morgan said,
“Christmas is a special time of year for everyone and the lads all took part in two activities each, which was a fantastic gesture from all of them. A few minutes of our time can go a long way to helping others so we were more than happy to help. Merry Christmas to all our supporters.
As we get ready to tuck into our turkey and Christmas pudding, here’s a chance to watch again as the Latics players spread a little festive cheer across the borough
THE RAINBOW WARD, WIGAN INFIRMARY
Tim Chow, Will Grigg, Reece James, Richard O’Donnell, Jason Pearce and Haris Vuckic visited the Rainbow Children’s ward at Wigan Infirmary, handing out gifts to the boys and girls who were unfortunately in hospital in the build up to Christmas.
Jason said: “As players for Wigan Athletic, it means a lot for us to give something back to the community and to the kids who support us.”
Richard added: “It really hits home, especially when you have children yourself, seeing poorly kids in here at Christmas. Hopefully we can put some smiles on their faces, that’s what we’re here for.”
Jussi Jaaskelainen, Don Cowie, Kevin McNaughton, David Perkins and Leon Barnett visited Hope School, handing out Christmas presents and sensory toys to the students.
Don Cowie said: “It’s a great time of year obviously for everyone and for us to spare a part of our day to come and see the kids, it’s great to see their faces and how happy they are and what something as small as a Christmas gift really means to them.
“It does hit home, you see how happy the kids are when you just give them a present, it makes you feel great inside. If we can help them in any way we’re more than happy to do that.
“There were some Latics fans here who were all giving us a pep talk for the rest of the season, asking for three points at all the games over Christmas, which we’ll do our best to provide.”
ALL SAINTS PRIMARY SCHOOL, GOLBORNE
The first of two schools to win the Christmas competition to win a player visit, Jordy Hiwula, Michael Jacobs, Donald Love, Craig Morgan, Lee Nicholls and Max Power helped to make 5-year-old Latics fanatic Jamie Hedley’s dreams come true.
They surprised him and his class, joining in with creating a festive hand-painted display of blue and white Wigan Athletic Christmas trees.
As well as getting (very) messy, the players joined in singing Christmas songs and answering some of Jamie’s questions about playing for Wigan.
Jamie said: “Thank you very much to all of the players for coming and helping my class to paint Wigan Athletic Christmas trees. We loved meeting you all and had lots of fun joining in singing Jingle Bells together!”
ST DAVID’S PRIMARY SCHOOL, HAIGH
At the second of our competition winners, Craig Davies, Yanic Wildschut, Donervon Daniels, Sanmi Odelusi, Andy Kellett and Jack Hendry surprised St David’s students by making up the judging panel for the ‘St. David’s has the Xmas Factor’ talent show.
The players had the tough task of deciding the overall winner of the school’s competition, but The Snowflakes, who sang and danced to Jess Glynne’s ‘Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself’, were the stand out winners for the judges!
Craig said: “The kids were brilliant, some of the acts were really good especially for their age! You could see that some of them were a bit nervous but they all got up on the stage and did their best.”
TEAM LATICS PARTY, DW STADIUM
The majority of the squad turned out to sign autographs and pose for pictures with our junior supporters, before getting together on stage and singing a moving version of Jingle Bells. Well, it made the crowd move away anyhow.
WIGAN YOUTH ZONE CHRISTMAS LUNCH
The five players who did not attend the Team Latics Party, Tim Chow, Jordan Flores, Donald Love, Chris McCann and Haris Vuckic, went along to Wigan Youth Zone to hand out presents to the children and play a few Christmas games with them.
Jordan said: “For me as a Wigan lad, this was brilliant to give something back to the town. The Youth Zone really is a special place for young people in Wigan, we are lucky to have such a facility in the town.”