Swindon Town game dedicated to partnership with 2015-16 Official Charity, Domestic Violence support group DIAS.
- 2015-16 Official Charity Partnership with DIAS launched at Swindon Town game.
- Wigan Borough has domestic violence rate FOUR times above the national average.
- Club produce video of support for DIAS and their work in helping local victims.
- Anyone wanting more information should contact www.diasdvc.org.
Wigan Athletic’s charity partnership for the 2015-16 season, with domestic violence support group DIAS, will be officially launched at Saturday’s Sky Bet League One match versus Swindon Town.
DIAS, short for Drop In And Share, are based on King Street in Wigan town centre and have helped many thousands of victims of domestic violence in the area since 1994.
On Saturday, the Latics players will be warming up in branded t-shirts, a collection will be held at the match in aid of DIAS and wristbands will be on sale.
Ahead of the game, the players and manager Gary Caldwell have taken part in a video, which highlights some of the issues of domestic violence in the area.
Caldwell said: “When they watch the video and read up on the facts, our supporters will understand why the club has decided to support the work completed by DIAS.
“It’s a subject people are often afraid to tackle, but that’s exactly why we wanted to help.
“If the association with the club can ease the suffering of even just one new victim, then all of the effort will be worthwhile.
“People talk about the stress of being involved in football but when you see the work carried out by groups like DIAS, then it puts everything into perspective. We are honoured to be associated with them.”
Jeanette Bailey, DIAS Chief Officer, said: “When we applied to be an official Wigan Athletic charity, we didn’t think we stood a chance because our work is something which many people find difficult to talk about.
“But the club have been so supportive from the outset and the exposure we are receiving will hopefully help to change many people’s lives for the better in the borough.”