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29 January 2015

Don Cowie and Chris McCann launch new hockey programme as part of Premier League 4 Sport.

Wigan Athletic midfielders Don Cowie and Chris McCann swapped footballs for hockey sticks earlier this week, as they launched a new hockey programme that is being introduced by Wigan Athletic Community Trust.

The players joined 20 female year 9 students from Hawkley Hall High School for the launch of the new programme, taking part in a dribbling exercise and penalty competition – with Don scoring vital points to secure a win for his team.

Don Cowie said: “I’ve managed to score a penalty in the League Cup final at Wembley, but trying to score one here was pretty daunting.

“Hockey may not be a sport that we’re accustomed to but it’s great to be able to join in with the girls and try something different today.

“All of the boys enjoy coming out into the community; we’re more than happy to give something back, coming and meeting the fans that watch us play every week.”

Hawkley Hall students Rebekah Hopper and Charlotte Scully took part in the launch and were impressed with Don and Chris’ skills. 

Rebekah said: “It was great that the players got involved: they didn’t just come and watch the session, they had a go and learnt some new skills with us.”

Charlotte added: “We really enjoyed taking part today and will definitely be coming back to the hockey sessions again!”

The hockey coaching is part of the Premier League 4 Sport scheme, run by the Community Trust which is supported by the Premier League and Sport England. 

The programme gives 100’s of young people a week in Wigan the chance to take part in different sports including: athletics; badminton, basketball, table tennis, tennis, volleyball, netball and now hockey.

Julie Longden, Relationship Manager at England Hockey, said: “England Hockey is delighted to work with the Wigan Athletic Community Trust Premier League 4 Sport project and Wigan Hockey Club.

“This project provides Wigan’s community with a great opportunity to experience hockey in a fun and friendly environment. 

“Working alongside the brand of Wigan Athletic will help to raise the profile of hockey in Wigan and attract a wider range of participants to try hockey. This will help to grow hockey at Wigan Hockey Club and across Wigan.”

The new hockey programme is currently running at two locations, Hawkley Hall High School from 3.30 - 4.30pm on Tuesdays and Wigan Youth Zone from 5.00 – 6.00pm on Fridays.

If you would like to find out more about any of the Premier League 4 Sport sessions provided by the Community Trust, please contact Zac Taylor, project co-ordinator, on 01942 488 530 or email

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