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9 July 2015

Wigan Athletic officially show their support for the heroes in the armed forces.

Wigan Athletic FC have signed the Armed Forces Covenant to support the armed forces community.

The covenant, signed in partnership with Wigan Council, means the club officially recognises the value serving personnel, veterans and military families contribute to the club.

New projects at the club as part of the covenant include:
  • a complimentary match ticket scheme through the Ticket For Troops initiative along with a 50% discount for veterans and family members.
  • allowing local cadet units to raise funds on a match day through charity collections.
  • supporting employees who have spouses and partners in the armed forces as well as employees who are reservists.
  • working through Wigan Athletic Community Trust with Wigan Council to establish and support an ex-armed forces and serving personnel football project.
Wigan Athletic Chief Executive Jonathan Jackson said: “Wigan Athletic recognise the important contribution to society that members of the armed forces and their families make, so we are delighted to sign the Covenant.

“The Club have been a long standing supporter of the Ticket for Troops initiative and the covenant will help to formalise our relationship with serving military personal and veterans and acknowledges that we see them as very much being part of the Wigan Athletic family.”

Lord Peter Smith, leader of Wigan Council, said: “We are very pleased that Wigan Athletic have signed up to Armed Forces Covenant.

“The football club is a flagship organisation for the borough and their support will be hugely appreciated by the armed forces community.

“Organisations can only benefit from recognising the value serving military personnel and veterans can bring to their organisation and our communities.”

Wigan Athletic follow Wigan Council and Wigan and Leigh College in signing up to the covenant.

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