Latics Kicks girls team runners up in national football Cup following penalty shootout.
Girls representing Wigan Athletic in the annual Premier League Kicks Cup made it through to the finals of the competition in Liverpool yesterday, only losing to Newcastle United after the game came down to a penalty shootout.
Wigan Athletic Community Trust sent two teams to compete against 49 other clubs in the competition, which is organised by the Premier League and Sport England to celebrate the work of the Kicks programme across the country.
Kicks is a national social inclusion football programme that provides 12-19 year olds with football and sports coaching every week; Wigan Athletic Community Trust run the programme for hundreds of young people every week across the Wigan borough and launched the projects eighth location, Higher Folds, last Monday.
15-year-old Hannah Lynch, who played for the Kicks girls side, said: “All of the girls have enjoyed playing in the competition – there were so many other clubs here and it was great to get to meet and play against new people from across the country.”
On their way to the final, the girls took on teams from Everton, Manchester City, QPR, Southampton, Swansea, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham, scoring 13 goals and winning 5 of their games.
The girls also won the Fair Play award for their attitude and enthusiasm throughout the competition.
The boys team, made up of participants from Hag Fold, Shakerley and Hindley Kicks sessions, finished fourth in their group and went into a Category D competition, winning the final of the category against Southampton.
Tom Drake, project co-ordinator, said: “It was a brilliant event and it was great to see so many clubs sending teams to play in the competition.
“Both teams played really well and should be extremely proud of themselves for their performances.”
To find out more about Latics Kicks, please contact Tom Drake on 01942 488 530 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.