Ex-Servicemen represent Latics against Liverpool in first ever Football 4 Forces fixture.
The Football 4 Forces programme started back in September this year, providing opportunities for Armed Forces ex-servicemen to play football, keep fit and active, meet new people and even earn football and sports coaching qualifications.
The matches against Liverpool marked the first time the players have come together to play competitively against another football club.
John Evans, a Football 4 Forces player, said: “The Football 4 Forces programme has been great. So far I feel we are all seeing an increase in our fitness levels and our basic football skills, and most importantly there is a real sense of camaraderie amongst the players taking part.
“Our trip to Liverpool really highlighted how far we have come in such a short space of time. We hadn't played together as a team and were expecting to face strong opposition. Yes, the Liverpool lads had been playing together for a much longer time, but as the games progressed I feel we certainly held our own.
“Maybe in a few months’ time, if we repeat the fixture, we will give them a real tough game.
“I know we are all looking forward to developing as individuals and as a group in the next few months, to learn a bit more, get fitter and most of all enjoy ourselves. That's what it's all about.”
Football 4 Forces free training sessions run on Thursday evenings at Robin Park Arena from 5.30 – 7.30pm, with sessions due to return on January 14th 2016 after the Christmas break.
Football 4 Forces is supported by the Ministry of Defence, Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group and Wigan Council.
To find out more about the programme, contact Chris Baxter, project co-ordinator, on 01942 488 530 or email email@example.com.