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29 June 2015

Community Trust disability programme receives funding from Coalfields Regeneration Trust.

Wigan Athletic Community Trust has received funding to run weekly multi-sport sessions in Wigan, Leigh and Ashton-in-Makerfield for young people aged 8 – 16 years with learning disabilities.

The multi-sport sessions will provide the young people with a fun and enjoyable environment where they can learn new skills in basketball, football and badminton. 

The programme is being funded through the Coalfields Community Grants programme and will work with over 75 young people over the next 12 months. 

Head of Operations for the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, Andy Lock said: “We have a number of challenges that we are trying to address within the coalfield communities and one of them is health and wellbeing. Through this agreement we can provide young people with learning disabilities with the chance to play sport at accessible venues in partnership with Wigan Athletic Community Trust. It’s a great example of how funding and partnership can make a real and lasting difference to those living within the communities.”

The new disability sessions will begin in July.

Tom Flower, Head of Community at Wigan Athletic Community Trust, said: “Young people with disabilities in Wigan often face a range of challenges and these sessions will be a great way to get them into sport, improve their health and increase their confidence”.

To find out more about the sessions please contact Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s Disability Sports Coach, Joe Pym on 01942 488 530 or email

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