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30 September 2015

2014 Community Club of the Year, Wigan Athletic, looking to hold onto title.

Wigan Athletic Community Trust have been shortlisted for two categories at the prestigious 2015 North West Football Awards – Community Club of the Year and Community Initiative of the Year.

The Trust will be looking to hold on to their Community Club of the Year title from 2014, following another bumper year of providing opportunities in football and sport, community cohesion, education and health to the Wigan community.

Some of the Trust’s highlights from last year include delivering an average of 125 sports coaching sessions in schools a week, coaching over 6000 school students, 1250 youngsters taking part in evening activities, helping 221 young people to gain sports qualifications and providing 22 hours a week of disability sports coaching.

Find out more about the wide variety of the Community Trust’s work in their 2015 Impact Report.

As well as being nominated for Community Club of the Year, the Trust’s work at Wigan Youth Zone has been nominated for Community Initiative of the Year.

Through the partnership with Wigan Youth Zone, Community Trust coaches provide evening football coaching each week, run weekly 5-a-side leagues, organise weekend football festivals and six weeks of school holiday football coaching per year, as well as helping young people and volunteers to gain sports qualifications.

824 young people took part in 900 hours of coaching last year through the football project at Wigan Youth Zone, with five new football teams, including an under 14s girls side, being created.

As well as this, 70 Looked After Children were introduced to the football sessions.

John Harker, Wigan Youth Zone General Manager said: “The link between Wigan Youth Zone and Wigan Athletic Community Trust is really important. 

“By working together in partnership we provide so much more for the young people of Wigan and it allows us to touch so many more young people’s lives across the borough.”

Tom Flower, Head of Community, said: “It’s great that we have been shortlisted for these two awards and it’s a reflection of the hard work of all our team and of the support we get from the football club.

“I’m particularly pleased that our partnership with the Youth Zone has been recognised and whatever happens at the Awards we will continue to try and work positively with as many young people, schools and community groups as possible over the next 12 months.”

The North West Football Awards will take place on Monday 16th November 2015.

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