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1 June 2015

Latics Literacy and Junior Enterprise taught in primary schools across Wigan.

Sixteen primary schools from the Wigan area took part in Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s junior education programmes last year – Latics Literacy and Latics Junior Enterprise.

The two courses use football and sport to encourage primary school students to read, write and learn in a fun and interactive lesson structure, which includes a combination of classroom work and PE lessons.

Rachel Draper, Literacy Co-Ordinator at Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, said: “We have been involved with the Latics Literacy project for a couple of years now and it has really captured the children’s enthusiasm.

“The boys, in particular, have enjoyed working with young male role models and they have developed a love of reading and improved their comprehension skills. 

“The team has supported us with other events and was always willing to come to school at a moment’s notice to watch the children complete performances.”

Latics Literacy is a ten-week programme that aims to improve students’ reading standards over the duration of the course, combining book reading challenges with trips to the library and weekly PE lessons.

Over six weeks, Latics Junior Enterprise introduces students to learning about the business aspects of running a football club, with literacy and numeracy challenges.

Gareth Shaw, Latics Literacy Co-Ordinator, said: “The Latics Literacy and Latics Junior Enterprise projects highlight the importance of reading, writing and learning and offer a unique and interesting lesson structure for the students.”

The Latics Literacy and Latics Junior Enterprise programmes are available to all Primary Schools in and around Wigan.

To find out more about the Latics Literacy and Junior Enterprise programmes, please contact Gareth Shaw on 01942 488 530 or email

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