Latics Kicks girls team semi-finalists at Kicks Cup.
Girls representing Wigan Athletic made it all the way to the semi-finals of the Premier League’s annual Kicks Cup competition in Nottingham last week, going unbeaten in the group stages and only conceding two goals throughout the day.
Wigan Athletic Community Trust sent three teams – two football and one dance – to compete against 80 other teams from professional football clubs at the tournament, 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 across the Wigan borough, with local support from Wigan and Leigh Homes.
After winning their group, the girls met Newcastle United in the semi-finals, where a close game finished 1-0 to Newcastle’s team.
The boys team, made up of players from several different Kicks locations across Wigan, went unbeaten in the group stages of the competition, winning against teams from Blackburn Rovers, Chelsea and Derby County, but results meant that they finished second in their group and didn’t progress to the knock out stages.
The Latics Kicks dance squad, who were competing together for the first time, finished third in their group.
Tom Drake, Latics Kicks co-ordinator, said: “Both of the football teams played brilliantly and really showed a high level of skill and enthusiasm in all of their games. It was disappointing for the boys not to progress after they went unbeaten in the group stages of the competition, but they should be really pleased with how they played and came together as a team.
“The dance squad were really impressive and for them to finish third in their first ever competition is a real achievement.”
To find out more about the Latics Kicks programme, please contact Tom Drake on 01942 488 530 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.