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4 December 2015

Tim Chow and Craig Davies join in with training session led by student coaches studying with Community Trust.

  • Tim Chow and Craig Davies join in with Train With Latics session.
  • Train With Latics coaching education programme provided by Community Trust.
  • ‘I was really impressed with the coaching skills on show’ – Craig Davies

Wigan Athletic’s Tim Chow and Craig Davies joined in with a coaching session earlier this week, led by student coaches who are studying with Wigan Athletic Community Trust on their Train With Latics programme.

Train With Latics is an alternative education programme for 16-18 year olds who want to become sports coaches, that provides the chance to study for a Level 2 qualification in PE and sport, over a nine month course.

Tim and Craig joined in with the sessions at the Montrose Skills Hub, where the learners study and put their coaching skills into practice.

Two of the junior coaches, Andrew Sweeney and Jordan Crossland, planned sessions focusing on turning and passing earlier in the day, then put the session into action with the players and their course mates.

Andrew said: “The Train With Latics programme is really helping me to see more ways that I can teach sports, I’m learning more and more each day.

“I’m a Wigan Athletic fan so it was really great having the players come down and join in, it’s something I’ll remember forever.”

After joining in with several drills that the coaches had organised, the players gave feedback to the students, letting them know their strengths and which coaching skills they could work on to improve. 

Tim said: “It’s been a good afternoon at the Skills Hub, it’s great to see what goes on behind the scenes at the community offices, especially with the coaching and education programmes.

“It’s quite hard standing up in front of other people and coaching a session. Like Craig said to them during the session, they just have to have confidence in their coaching and they’ll go far.”

Craig added: “I was really impressed with the coaching skills on show, especially considering they’re young coaches and they’re only six weeks into the course. 

“There were some quite advanced drills in there that would be suited to late teens and were fun to join in with.”

Adam Sherratt, Education Officer for the Community Trust, said: “Some of our students are big Wigan Athletic fans, so it was great for them to meet Tim and Craig and to receive feedback and ideas from the players about what they’ve learned from their coaches and managers in the past.”

Train With Latics is provided in partnership with Pro-Co, one of Wigan’s leading learning and skills providers.

After studying the course, the students are guaranteed an interview to further their studies on the Community Trust’s Apprenticeship programme.

To find out more about the Community Trust’s education programmes, please contact Adam Sherratt on 01942 488 530, or email

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