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16 October 2015

Community Trust sponsor Volunteer of the Year at Believe Awards.

Janine Paine was named as Volunteer of the Year, as sponsored by Wigan Athletic Community Trust, at the 2015 Believe Sports Awards, for her work with Astley and Tyldesley Cycling Club.

The Believe Awards is an annual sports awards ceremony recognising sporting talent and the hard work of staff and volunteers who provide sports opportunities in Wigan.

Volunteering an average of 20 hours a week, Janine received the award for being a committed and essential volunteer at the Cycling Club, whether that be through running the Catering Cabin, collecting subscriptions, being a pit marshal or managing one of the club teams.

Tom Flower, Head of Community, said: “Janine has been a key volunteer for Astley and Tyldesley Cycling Club and that is evident in the amount of hours and variety of work that she has completed for the club.

“On behalf of Wigan Athletic Community Trust, I would like to congratulate Janine on being a very worthy winner.”

Wigan Athletic volunteer, Frank Melling, was also named as a finalist for the award, for his work volunteering on the Community Trust’s disability football programme and as a driver for the Club’s Academy players.

As well as this, Premier League 4 Sport volleyball coach and PE teacher at St Edmund Arrowsmith, Jim Keating, won the evening’s Martin Lynn Special Contribution to School Sport award.

Zac Taylor, Premier League 4 Sport co-ordinator, said: “Jim has devoted a lot of his time over the years to helping grow volleyball in Wigan, working on the Premier League 4 Sport programme since 2009. 

“He is a very experienced coach and one who I really enjoy working with – winning the award is a fitting achievement for the work he does.”

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