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KIERNAN AND McMANAMAN JOIN TRAIN WITH LATICS

22 January 2015

Wigan Athletic players take part in Train with Latics session.

Wigan Athletic duo Rob Kiernan and Callum McManaman took part in a football skills session earlier this week, as part of the Train with Latics education course organised by Wigan Athletic Community Trust.

The Train with Latics programme gives unemployed 16-18 year olds the chance to study for a BTEC Level 2 in Sport qualification and complete an FA Level 1 coaching football award over a nine month period.

Rob and Callum joined in with the session at Wigan Youth Zone, warming up with the group in a game of football tennis, before answering the youngsters’ questions about the coaching drills they took part in and playing football.

Rob said: “It was a really enjoyable event today. The facilities here are brilliant and it’s great for these guys to have the opportunity to come and learn in a stress free zone like this, where they can really enjoy themselves too.”

Train with Latics participant, Dylan Jeffers, then led a football skills practice session, which Rob and Callum took part in and then gave feedback to, rating Dylan’s coaching skills in high regard.

Dylan said: “It was great having the professional footballers here today; it was a little difficult leading a session for them but the feedback that they gave me was great and I’ll definitely be using their suggestions going forward.” 

Rob added: “Overall I thought the session that Dylan set up was very good; we could see his confidence improving throughout and we really enjoyed taking part.”



After completing the programme, Train with Latics students then get the chance to progress into a full time apprenticeship with the Community Trust.

Lucy Carrigg, a former Train with Latics participant who successfully gained a place on the apprenticeship programme, said: “I’d definitely recommend Train with Latics. The course really helped me to improve my confidence and gave me a great understanding of delivering sessions, both practically going out coaching football and also in terms of safeguarding and health and safety.”

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

The Community Trust are now looking for Train with Latics participants for 2015/16. If you would like to find out more about the scheme or sign up to take part next year, please contact Adam Sherratt, the Community Trust’s Education Officer for 16-19 year olds, on 01942 488 530, or email a.sherratt@wiganathleticct.com.


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