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1 October 2015

Join in with Latics Kicks football and dance this winter!

Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s Latics Kicks activities for winter 2015 have been confirmed, with new football and sports sessions and locations available throughout the week, for free, for 12 – 19 year olds!

Latics Kicks is a football and sports programme that provides hundreds of youngsters around Wigan with coaching and playing opportunities each week, and is supported by the Premier League, Sport England and Wigan and Leigh Homes.

As well as several football sessions that run across Wigan, the Community Trust are introducing two Latics Kicks Dance locations to the programme this winter.

Tom Drake, Community Cohesion Co-Ordinator, said: “The Latics Kicks Project prides itself on offering free sporting opportunities to young people on a weekly basis. 

“As a result of the success of getting so many young people involved with the project last year, we have been able to introduce a number of new football and dance sessions. 

“The Dance sessions will now offer an alternative opportunity for young people to get involved in the Latics Kicks Project. 

“It will be fantastic to get more young people from Wigan and Leigh representing Wigan Athletic Kicks and I hope that more young people get involved.”

All of the Latics Kicks football and dance sessions can be found in the Winter Activity Timetable.

Latics Kicks Football

Latics Kicks Football activities are running throughout winter, at a fantastic sixteen venues across Wigan.

Last year, over 1200 12 – 19 year olds took part in the Community Trust’s Kicks football sessions, with even more expected to take part this year.

New locations for 2015 include St John Fisher High School and Hindley Leisure Centre, both taking place on Tuesday evenings, as well as Bedford High School on Thursday evenings.

Jo Jo McBride, a Latics Kicks participant, said: “I really enjoy coming playing football at Kicks, it’s a great way for me and my mates to have a kick about and to meet new people.

“I’ve been coming to Kicks for a few years now and I’ve had some great opportunities representing Wigan Athletic at competitions and playing against other football clubs.

“I got to go to Coventry City for Wigan Athletic’s first game of the season this year - we played their Kicks team in the morning and then got to take part in a half time penalty competition on the pitch in front of the Latics fans.”

Latics Kicks Dance 

Two exciting new Latics Kicks dance sessions have been added to the Community Trust’s bustling activity timetable, providing opportunities for youngsters to train and learn with the Community Trust coaches.

The new dance sessions are open to all 12 – 16 year olds and will take place at Standish High School on Monday’s from 4.15 – 5.15pm and at Cansfield High School on Tuesday’s from 4.15 – 5.15pm.

Also, later this month, a Latics Kicks dance trial will be held at the DW Stadium in order to find a new dance troupe to represent Wigan Athletic! Details of the trials will be confirmed on in due course.

If you would like to find out more about any of the Community Trust’s Latics Kicks activities, please contact Tom Drake, Community Cohesion Co-Ordinator, on 01942 488 530 or email

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