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4 February 2015

Two new sessions added to disability programme.

Wigan Athletic Community Trust has expanded their sports activities for people with disabilities, adding two new multi-skills sessions at Wigan Youth Zone.

The new sessions will provide people with disabilities with the opportunity to take part in numerous sports, including athletics, football and table tennis on a weekly basis.

Chris Baxter, Disability Co-Ordinator for the Community Trust, said: ‘Our provision for young people with disabilities has recently expanded from the work we do within schools, to providing coaching for 3 disability football teams, as well as multi skills groups for 8-19 year olds. 

“Throughout my time leading on the Community Trust’s disability programme, I have seen young people go from taking part in a session to becoming qualified coaches and helping to run teams for the Community Trust.

“Seeing the enjoyment on the faces of those taking part is fantastic, as you can clearly see the excitement that sport gives to them.”

The multi-skills sessions take place at Wigan Youth Zone, Wigan, WN1 1RP, for 8-11 year olds on Tuesday’s from 6.00 – 8.00pm and for 12-19 year olds on Wednesday’s from 6.00 – 8.00pm.

The sessions provide high quality coaching from Wigan Athletic coaches, as well as the opportunity to represent Wigan Athletic in the Ability Counts North West football league.

Premier League 4 Sport Disability Badminton sessions also run at Abraham Guest Academy, Greenhey, Orrell, Wigan, Lancashire, WN5 0DQ, every Saturday from 2.00 – 3.00pm.

The Community Trust also provide coaching throughout the year in Special Educational Needs schools in the Wigan area, with Wigan Athletic players James Perch and Thomas Rogne having visited and taken part in a session at Hope School last year.

To find out more about the Community Trust’s disability programmes, please contact Chris Baxter on 01942 488 530 or email

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