Latics Kicks take part in Kick It Out tournament and workshop.
Local youngsters from different backgrounds across Wigan, came together to mark Wigan Athletic’s dedicated Kick It Out game against AFC Bournemouth last weekend, by playing in a friendly football tournament and taking part in an equality and diversity workshop.
Players from the Latics Kicks programme took on Wigan Youth Zone’s football team and youngsters from the Kamosi project, a social inclusion group organised by Wigan Council, with the Latics Kicks team winning the final game of the competition.
Latics Kicks is a Community Cohesion project that provides football and sports opportunities for hundreds of 12-19 year olds across Wigan every week, in partnership with the Premier League, Sport England and Wigan and Leigh Homes.
Following the tournament, Rishi Jain, Football League Clubs Developer for Kick It Out, led an equality and diversity workshop, highlighting what can be done to help kick racist and abusive behaviour out of football and every day life.
Rishi said: “It was great to be able to come down to Wigan and to speak about Kick It Out's work with the youngsters who have taken part in today's tournament.
“Wigan Athletic and the Community Trust have a brilliant relationship with Kick It Out and it's great to see sessions like this being set up for the young people that they work with, helping to raise awareness about equality and diversity."
Adam Jones, a Latics Kicks participant from Pemberton, added: “I found the workshop really useful; it’s made me more aware of how I should react going forward if I hear any form of racist or abusive language and I know who I can report any such behaviour to.”
All of the players then watched Wigan Athletic’s game, where both the Latics and Bournemouth teams warmed up in Kick It Out t-shirts to help raise awareness of the work that the equality and inclusion organisation complete.
To find out more about the Latics Kicks programme, please contact Tom Drake, Community Cohesion Co-Ordinator, on 01942 488 530 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.